Just after munching on pizza with her family and friends at
McCambridge Park, Jenna Ranieri, 6, paused to think about the
“I asked my mom, ‘How do you know it’s winter when it’s so hot?’”
she said. “These are hard questions for people.”
And then in frustration, she said, “I just don’t understand the
weather,” and walked away.
Ranieri was not alone.
The El Nino effect once expected to bring a wetter than normal
winter hasn’t drenched Burbank in rain. In fact, January left the
city, and most of Southern California, nothing but sun-drenched and
Friday was the hottest Jan. 31 on record in Burbank as
temperatures reached 90 at Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport,
surpassing the previous high of 87, forecasters said.
The highest January temperature ever recorded in Burbank was 92,
on Jan. 18, 1971, National Weather Service meteorologist Curt Kaplan
The average high temperature for January in Burbank is 67. This
month, not including Friday, its was 75 with no measurable rain.
“Downtown Los Angeles has had 12 days this month over 80 degrees,
which is incredible,” Kaplan said.
A combination of high pressure and offshore winds kept the rain
away while warming up the valleys and coastal areas, Kaplan said.
But it will be cooling off rapidly in the coming days as an area
of low pressure from the north brings cooler winds, officials said.
Today, the temperature will top out at 75, officials said. Local
parks are expected to be popular spots this weekend, with people out
for picnics, basketball and sunbathing.
“The last three days at this place have been extremely busy,” said
Vi Lasky, special activity leader at McCambridge Park, on Friday.
“We’ve even received a wave of calls with people asking what time the
The park’s swimming pool does not reopen until summer.