LOS ANGELES (AP) — While much of the nation shivered, many Western cities sweltered through their hottest March on record.
Cities in California, Arizona, Texas, Nevada and even Montana had record high temperatures on individual days last month, and some also racked up unusual overall temperatures or streaks of balmy weather.
In Los Angeles, the average high in March topped 79, and the temperature hit 90 or higher on six days.
San Diego had five days of 90 or above.
Phoenix had five days in a row with highs of 95 or above.
Las Vegas had a record monthly average temperature and so did Yakima, Washington.
Billings, Montana, had its second-warmest March in more than 80 years.
The National Weather Service blames a high-pressure system that has blocked most storms and shows no sign of easing this year.