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2010 coolest in more than a decade (in most inland valley locations)

Posted January 1, 2011, 9:23 PM.

There was story after story this past year about cooler than normal weather, from spring all the way through summer and fall, and when it was done, 2010 was the coolest year in WeatherCurrents history, which dates back to 2000 in Temecula.

The previous coolest year in Temecula was 2001, with an average high temperature of 77.7°F, an average low of 50.0°F, and an average temperature of 61.6°F.

By comparison, in 2010 Temecula had an average high temperature of 76.0°F, an average low of 49.8°F, and an overall average temperature of 60.8°F.

Overall, nine of thirteen WeatherCurrents locations recorded their coolest years. Only Hemet, French Valley, San Jacinto and Wildomar did not. Hemet had the distinction of being the only location slightly above its normal temperature.

It was the coolest year on record everywhere else, including longer running WeatherCurrents stations in Murrieta (60.8°F average), Lake Elsinore (63.7°F), Menifee (62.7°F) and Fallbrook (61.3°F).

The dramatically cooler than normal summer was reflected in the number of days above 100°F. Lake Elsinore, which usually leads the category, had just 32, compared to 61 in 2009. Wildomar had 31 days in triple-digits in 2010, Menifee had 27, Hemet registered 24, Perris had 20, Murrieta and Moreno Valley each had 17, Riverside managed 16, Temecula recorded 14, French Valley had 12, De Luz recorded 5, and Fallbrook registered 2.

Only 2002 had a lower average low in Temecula, at 49.2°F

Location 2010 Ave. Temp  Normal Ave. Temp  Year Started 
De Luz 60.4°F1  62.1°F"  2006
Fallbrook 61.3°F1  62.8°F  2004
French Valley 61.3°F  62.2°F  2009
Hemet 64.5°F  64.3°F  2003
Lake Elsinore 63.7°F1  64.8°F  2005
Menifee 62.7°F1  63.6°F  2004
Moreno Valley 62.9°F1  64.4°F  2008
Murrieta 60.8°F1  61.9°F  2003
Perris 62.9°F1  64.0°F  2007
Riverside 64.1°F1  65.5°F  2006
San Jacinto 63.9°F  64.2°F  2007
Temecula 60.8°F1  62.2°F  1999
Wildomar 62.2°F  62.5°F  2008
  1. Record cool year

Thanks to Reginald Stanley, who contributed to this story.

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