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The waterfront was crowded with walkers Monday with temperatures in the low 70s. (Rich Freedman--Times-Herald)

Record-breaking temperatures in Vallejo

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Ah, the perfect spring: 69 degrees Saturday, 70 degrees Sunday, and a downright balmy 78 degrees Monday.

Small problem — at least to the fire department — it’s not spring. It’s winter. Or at least it’s supposed to be winter.

Yes, it’s California. But Northern California isn’t typically 70-plus degrees the third week of January. The average for Jan. 18 in Vallejo is 55, according to weather.com. Monday’s roasting 78? A record, easily eclipsing 70 established in 1976.

“If we had a fire today, it would burn almost as aggressively as a fire in July,” said firefighter and VFD spokesman Kevin Brown.

The problem beyond “unseasonably warm weather,” said Brown, was the low humidity and winds above 20 mph.

“Numbers we usually see in August and September,” said Brown.

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