Los Angeles Roasts During Hottest Thanksgiving on Record

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Temperatures soared into the 90s across a large swath of Southern California in an autumn heat wave that peaked Wednesday.

The unusual temperatures are the result of high pressure aloft combined with weak but warm offshore winds, Thompson said.

On Wednesday, many parts of the region broke records for the day, including downtown L.A.at 92 degrees, LAX at 92, Long Beach at 96, UCLA at 95, Woodland Hills at 93 and Oxnard at 97.

The National Weather Service at Lincoln predicted a high of 62 degrees for today, but also issued a hazardous weather outlook cautioning about strong wind gusts that could create issues for large vehicles traveling on east-west roads. It will be cooler than Wednesday - especially along the coast - but still hot and dry.

Richard Vogel  APSchoolchildren carefully maneuver their way around the Holiday Ice Rink in Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles on Nov. 22 2017
Richard Vogel APSchoolchildren carefully maneuver their way around the Holiday Ice Rink in Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles on Nov. 22 2017

The highest temperature ever recorded on Thanksgiving in downtown Los Angeles was 90 degrees on November 26, 1903. A freeze warning means the temperature could drop to 32 degrees Fahrenheit or lower, and the Weather Service advises people to take care with portable heaters, keep pets indoors and mind sensitive plants.

The Carmel Valley, Pinnacles National Park and King City hit highs of 90 degrees, with Big Sur sitting a warm 80 degrees.

And expect temperatures to stay in that range through the weekend, forecasters say.

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