Warmer weather on tap for Southern California after weekend of storms
A woman looks after her three-year-old child, who is covered by a quilt, in an alleyway in Anaheim on Sunday, Nov 14, 2019. A woman looks after her three-year-old child, who is covered by a quilt, in an alleyway in Anaheim on Sunday, Nov 14, 2019. Photo: Michael Hanlon / Special to The Chronicle Photo: Michael Hanlon / Special to The Chronicle Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Warm weather on tap for Southern California after weekend of storms 1 / 1 Back to Gallery
One month has passed since storms pounded Southern California, causing $22 billion in damage and raising fears of a more prolonged and deadly drought.
It’s the longest stretch of rainy weather California has seen in recent years — and a welcome respite from the relentless storms that have pounded Los Angeles and Orange County since November.
Temperatures and humidity have climbed as the storms have slackened.
In early December, a statewide heat wave fueled the statewide heat index of 107 degrees, the second-highest in the state’s history. While parts of Los Angeles recorded double-digit heat, temperatures for the rest of California were in the 50s at last report.
That’s a welcome relief from the punishing heat waves.
Some of the most intense heat waves were on tap after the storms, with temperatures hitting into the low 90s, and even 100 in parts of the state.
“Everybody is talking about it as though it’s a good thing,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said of the weather. “It’s just that people aren’t seeing it.”
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A heat wave in Riverside County was one of the worst in the state last year. In Orange County, temperatures reached as high as 107 degrees in the last week.
That means even in