Record-breaking heat wave hits western United States for Thanksgiving


Expect a partly to mostly sunny day, with some record high temperatures likely broken by the afternoon.

That all-time high temperature was reached by noon, according to the National Weather Service.

Southern California and other western parts of the United States will experience a record-breaking heat wave for Thanksgiving.

The current record for Sunday (November 26) is 72° set in 1998.

The hot, dry conditions can be attributed to a ridge of high pressure lingering above the region, sending desert air flowing toward the coast, an NWS meteorologist told the Los Angeles Times.

Sunshine will warm our afternoon temperatures into the mid-60s, but with light and variable winds, it will feel significantly warmer than it did for our Thanksgiving afternoon.

Another sunny and seasonable day is anticipated for Monday with some clouds returning to the area Tuesday ahead of another weak front that should arrive Wednesday and/or into Thursday.

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Temperatures ranged from the low to mid-80s in normally cooler coastal areas to the mid-90s in warmer valley areas.

As for Thanksgiving Day itself, the west San Fernando Valley will probably be the hottest area in the L.A. region, Sirard said.

San Diego's high of 86 tied the record for November 23, set in 1950, according to the National Weather Service.

Burbank could reach 91 degrees, beating the previous record of 86 in 1950.

Thursday's high at Santa Barbara Airport is forecast to be a relatively chilly 83 degrees.

Records were also set by midday in Long Beach, where the temperature reached 91 and topped the 2015 record of 88.