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Californians wish they were dreaming as record-breaking cold and wet weather hits

Any Californian who has simply had it with May’s gray, soggy chill had to hate the Memorial Day weekend.

On Sunday and Monday, precipitation fell and temperatures dropped, establishing daily records across the southern two-thirds of the state, from Modesto to Death Valley (0.04 inches of rain Monday).

Downtown Los Angeles had a daytime low of 49 on Memorial Day, the first sub-50 day in the month of May since 1967.

Only two days this month have reached 75 degrees or greater in Los Angeles. In the record since 1878, only six years have had fewer in downtown. Readings will approach that mark in the days ahead, but if the city can stay 75 degrees or below for high temperatures to finish the month, it’ll be the first time in May since 1914.


The chill lasted into Tuesday’s early hours, with the San Diego suburb of El Cajon reported a record low of 48 degrees. The persistent cool weather has left towns such as Barstow, Ojai, Bakersfield, and Fresno experiencing a top-10 coldest May on record to date. And with lots of cool weather has come plenty of rain.

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