Week Starts With Record Low Temperature for Downtown LA

Temperatures neared freezing in downtown LA early Monday during a stretch of cold weather in Southern California

The temperature in downtown Los Angeles dipped to a record low overnight as a cold snap that brought freezing temperatures to some parts of the region continued in Southern California.

The temperature at about 4 a.m. was 35 degrees -- the lowest temperature for Jan. 14 in downtown Los Angeles since 2007 when the low was 36 degrees. The reading dropped again later Monday morning to 34 degrees, matching the lowest recorded temperature in downtown since Dec. 23, 1990.

On Dec. 22 and 23 of 1990, the low reached 33 and 34 degrees, respectively, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures have not dropped to freezing in downtown LA since Jan. 29, 1979.

The lowest temperature ever recorded in downtown LA was 28 degrees, set in February 1883, January 1913 and January 1949.

Temperatures in the 40s were reported along the coast early Monday. Inland readings were around 30 degrees.

Wind gusts of more than 30 mph were reported in Orange and Rialto Monday morning. Temperatures were in the high 30s in those areas.

"It feels like into the teens and 20s when you have exposed skin," said NBC4 forecaster Carl Bell. "It's quite windy now, but it should calm down this afternoon. Then, winds will pick up again overnight."

Cold temperatures were reported throughout the state Monday and Sunday. Big Bear dropped to 0 degrees early Monday.

Bay Area temps dropped to lows that were actually colder than parts of Alaska. At 6 a.m., temperatures in Anchorage were about 35 degrees, and it was 34 degrees in Juneau. In the Bay Area, it was 24 degrees in Santa Rosa, 27 in Livermore and 29 in San Jose.

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