Summer arrives on a winter day here in the Southland

first_imgCANOGA PARK – On a winter day like Sunday, when temperatures hit the 90s and clocks moved ahead to add one more hour of searing sunlight to the afternoon, you just have to skip spring and give in early to summer. Angelenos surrendered to the early blast of summer by slipping on shorts and flip flops, spreading out beach towels and sipping chilled passion-fruit tea at coffee houses along Ventura Boulevard. Despite the unusually warm temperatures, Sunday produced only two record highs in the region: UCLA came in at 87, breaking a 1959 record of 86, and Pasadena touched 93, beating a 1997 record by four degrees. Other areas came close, but failed to beat records set in 1997. Woodland Hills hit 93, downtown Los Angeles made it to 92 and Burbank reached 90, according to the National Weather Service, based in Oxnard. West Hills resident Roland Radler sampled citrus trees to replace the saplings he lost in the frost. But his mind was really on summer. “I can’t wait until I get in the pool,” he said. “I can’t wait to be getting back into a boat.” [email protected] (818) 713-3664 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But today may have a better chance in the record department, with highs in the San Fernando Valley expected to hit 94. On Sunday, Woodland Hills residents were as restless as insects, anxious to swarm into summer even if it is still more than three months away. “I was told no video games today, no staying indoors,” said Steve Kochak, holding his girlfriend’s hand as the young couple strolled through Warner Park. “I was told we have to go outside. I was also told to wear shorts, because I have nice legs.” Local nurseries enjoyed a hike in sales, thanks in part to the freezing temps that hit the Valley and destroyed plants just seven weeks ago. Residents scooped up beds of pansies and petunias to replace the brittle, brown debris the cold snap left in their backyards. “The freeze paid off,” said Green Thumb salesman Cal Wright. “The telephone’s been ringing all day. We had 300 azaleas that sold on Saturday, and we’ve been selling water fountains like they’re going out of style.” last_img

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