Environment & Science

Southern California saw hottest October on record

SoCal can expect spotty showers after 2 or 3 p.m. on Monday.
SoCal can expect spotty showers after 2 or 3 p.m. on Monday.
National Weather Service

Southern California experienced the hottest October on record, but starting Monday residents will get relief as cooler temperatures settle in.

A large pool of warm water known as "the Blob" has caused the Pacific to heat up by nearly 10 degrees. That means no cool ocean breezes or marine layer to offset hot temperatures on land, Robbie Monroe with the National Weather Service told KPCC.

Temperatures in some areas broke records by several degrees last month, according to the weather service.

The average mean temperature in downtown Los Angeles was 75.6 degrees last month — shattering the previous record of 74.2, in place since 1983, the Associated Press reports.

Camarillo recorded an average monthly temperature 10 degrees above normal, Monroe told KPCC.

The weather service said October 2015 also set records in Woodland Hills, Santa Barbara, Burbank and Oxnard, according to AP.

On Monday, the Southland can expect a shift in that weather, with spotty showers after 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. and the highest temperatures hitting the mid-60s to low 70s. That's about 10 degrees below normal for this time of year, Rich Thompson at NWS told KPCC. 

"We're gonna have really strong gusty winds," said Thompson. "After Wednesday though, we're back to dry, above average temperatures."