Record Heat Blankets Santa Barbara

Unseasonable warm weather blanketed Southern California this week, producing a record high in Santa Barbara. At Santa Barbara Airport on Sunday and Monday, the highs got within a few degrees of the 1956 record of 84. Then Tuesday, the afternoon high at the same location hit 85 degrees, two degrees hotter than the record set in 2006. Unofficially, temperatures peaked in the upper 80s downtown. On the wet side, since the start of the 2016 water year ​— ​which runs September 1, 2015, to August 31, 2016 — downtown has received a trace over seven inches of rain, about 70 percent of normal. 


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