LA's pre-Thanksgiving heatwave breaks two records set in 1950

Saul Bowman
November 24, 2017

The heat wave, which began Wednesday, was expected to begin breaking up Friday.

Fresno reached 76 degrees in the 3 o'clock hour Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Forecasters said heat records could also be set today in downtown Los Angeles, Burbank, Lancaster and Palmdale.

The weather service said the record high for the day in Fresno is 77 set in 1980.

Some heat records for a November 21 were set in Los Angeles County Tuesday, including 91 in Burbank, topping the 88 set in 2002; 91 in Woodland Hills, besting the 89 set in 2002; and 74 in Sandberg, compared to 70 in 1995.

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.

Temperatures should start to dip as next week arrives, with forecast highs of 74 degrees on Monday and 66 degrees on Tuesday.

Wednesday and Thursday are expected to be the hottest days of the week. The average temperature this time of the year is about 71 degrees, Sirard said.

The National Weather Service says downtown Los Angeles could reach 90 degrees, a record. That's higher than Palm Springs' predicted high of 92 degrees. Sheridan beat a previous record high by reaching into the low 70s on Thursday.

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

Records were also set in Escondido, Big Bear Lake and El Cajon and tied in Riverside and San Diego.

But by the weekend the warm temperatures will ease and rain returns.

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