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

Thanksgiving heat wave roasts Southern California | The Fresno Bee

A mini heat wave has set the stage for an uncommonly warm Thanksgiving Day in the Southland, where some longtime holiday heat records could fall.

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

Temperatures were ranging about 20 degrees above normal Wednesday, and heat records had already fallen in several locations by noon.

The record for November 23 in Denver is 73 set in 1915.

Thanksgiving heat wave roasts Southern California | The Fresno Bee
Record-breaking heat wave hits western US for Thanksgiving

Mother Nature will be serving one of the hottest Thanksgivings on record in Southern California, with potentially record-breaking temperatures 25 degrees above normal, said Joe Sirard, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

Records for November 23 temperatures were also set in Long Beach (90 degrees) and at Los Angeles International Airport (91 degrees), where both the previous records had been set in 1990, the agency said. Afternoon temperatures will be a handful of degrees below average.

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.

Thursday morning lows around the Valley are generally starting off in the 50s with a forecast high of 88 for Phoenix Thursday afternoon. Forecasters predicted temperatures in the high 80s and mid-90s throughout the Los Angeles area. Long Beach is expected to top out at 89 degrees; the record high was 85 in 1990. The record for Thanksgiving (regardless of the date) is also 73 and was set a few years earlier in 1909.




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