Los Angeles (weather) bringing the heat for Super Bowl LVI

Feb 9, 2022, 2:24 PM | Updated: Jun 8, 2022, 3:18 pm

this story only...

this story only

(CNN) — This could be the hottest Super Bowl kickoff ever.

An unseasonable wintertime California heat wave — with temperatures in the 80s, maybe even as high as 90 — is forecast to stretch from Wednesday afternoon right through kickoff on Sunday. The out-of-season forecast heat prompted the National Weather Service to issue a rare heat advisory through Sunday evening.

The current record for highest temperature during a Super Bowl is 84 degrees set in 1973, a game that was also played in Los Angeles. However, it looks like this year’s game might pull off a quarterback sneak past that mark.

With temperatures in Inglewood, the site of Sunday’s big game, forecast to be 85 degrees at kickoff, this Super Bowl may be making more history than previously thought.

See how hot the forecast will get

The only other time that the temperature during the big game has been above 80 degrees was when the Super Bowl was held in San Diego in 2003.

The heat advisory, issued by the Los Angeles NWS, is in place until 6 pm PT on Sunday, meaning it will be valid well past the 3:30 p.m. local time kickoff.

Unseasonable temperatures will run 15-20 degrees above normal every day leading up to the game with temperatures as high as 90 in some locations.

“This can lead to wintertime heat stress, especially those who are not used to this kind of heat,” NWS Los Angeles tweeted.

Bengals fans, they’re talking to you.

Many fans are making the cross-country trek from the chilly metropolis of Cincinnati, where snow is still on the ground from multiple winter storms and high temperatures were just barely hitting the lower 50s Wednesday afternoon. This is the sign you can leave that winter coat at home.

While February heat is not unheard of in California, especially in the south, the longevity of this high-temperature event is notable.


Multiple days of summer-like winter heat is abnormal


Fan’s arriving early ahead of Sunday’s big game will endure this unseasonably warm weather everyday.

Dozens of record high temperatures are expected to be set across the state this week, and in Southern California, temperatures will feel more like the middle of August than the middle of February.

“Numerous record highs could be broken, not just in Southern California, but along the coast and throughout the San Joaquin and Sacramento Valleys,” The Weather Prediction Center says.

“For the record, the normal high for downtown LA on 2/9 is 68 degrees Fahrenheit. We are forecasting a high of 87 degrees,” The National Weather Service Los Angeles tweeted Tuesday. These high temperatures are close to edging out the historic high of 89 recorded on this day in 2016.

The historic weather we are expecting in California is a result of a high-pressure system that has been camped out over the West Coast since the beginning of February. This ridging pattern spurs strong Santa Ana winds which are known for bringing hot air into Los Angeles and surrounding areas from the nearby desert regions.

Although the temperatures this weekend are projected to break records, there is one record that will likely still stand. The all-time high temperature for Los Angeles in February is 95 degrees, set on February 20, 1995.

This stretch of unseasonable warmth is looking to rival the record of five consecutive days of 85 degree-plus temperatures recorded on February 8-12, 2016, the only other stretch of extreme heat in February of this length.

Heat isn’t California’s only concern this weekend, however.

The combination of strong offshore winds and the extremely dry air leads to the possibility of active wildfires over the next few days. NWS Los Angeles says red-flag warnings will not be issued due to recent seasonal rains and plant moisture, emphasizing that “active wildfires are possible but extreme fire behavior is not.”

These winds should help Super Bowl fans keep cool during the game.

SoFi Stadium, where the game is being held, has a roof that will protect the players and fans from the worst of the weather. But it is open to the elements. And if it isn’t raining, the roof has 46 panels that can be opened to allow heat to escape and to increase air flow for players and fans.

But if you are a Bengals fan, you might want to consider packing a few less layers than you are used to for the middle of February.

™ & © 2022 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved.

KSL 5 TV Live

National News

A call about a suspicious vehicle in a Walmart parking lot in St. George ended with a couple of arr...

Collin Leonard,

St. George police arrest man wanted in connection with Colorado attempted murder case

A call about a suspicious vehicle in a Walmart parking lot in St. George ended with a couple of arrests, including one person wanted in connection with an attempted murder in Colorado.

8 hours ago

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley takes a question from an audience member during a tow...

Bridger Beal-Cvetko,

Nikki Haley to visit Utah next week ahead of Super Tuesday presidential caucus votes

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley will visit Utah next Wednesday, ahead of the state's GOP presidential preference poll during caucus meetings on Super Tuesday.

11 hours ago

Beyoncé is pictured at the 2024 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
Mandatory Credit:	Kevin Mazur/Getty ...

Alli Rosenbloom, CNN

Beyoncé debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and makes history

Beyoncé’s new song “Texas Hold ‘Em” debuted in the top spot of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart on Tuesday.

12 hours ago

FILE - Portrait of British pop group The Beatles (L-R) Paul McCartney, George Harrison (1943 - 2001...

Jake Coyle, AP Film Writer

Beatles to get a Fab Four of biopics, with a movie each for Paul, John, George and Ringo

The Beatles are getting the big-screen biopic treatment in a Fab Four of movies that will give each band member their own film.

12 hours ago

WILMINGTON, DELAWARE - JULY 26: Hunter Biden, son of U.S. President Joe Biden, departs the J. Caleb...

Associated Press

Ex-FBI informant charged with lying about Bidens had Russian intelligence contacts, prosecutors say

Prosecutors say a former FBI informant charged with making up a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme involving President Joe Biden had contacts with officials affiliated with Russian intelligence.

12 hours ago

Capital One is acquiring Discover Financial Services, a move that could disrupt the credit card ind...

Elisabeth Buchwald, CNN

America is on the cusp of a new biggest credit card company. Here’s what it could mean for you

Capitol One is acquiring Discover Financial Services in a $35.3 billion all-stock deal.

13 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Los Angeles (weather) bringing the heat for Super Bowl LVI