Downtown Los Angeles records warmest Thanksgiving on record

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An upper-level ridge of high pressure is pushing desert air toward the Southern California and NW Mexico for the second day in a row, causing record-breaking temperatures across the region. 

A record high temperature of 33.3 °C (92 °F) was registered in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, November 23, 2017, breaking the previous record of 32.7 °C (91 °F) set in 1933 and making this Thanksgiving the hottest since record-keeping began in 1887.

However, downtown Los Angeles wasn't the warmest in the region today. As of 15:30 PST (23:30 UTC), the highest temperature in California was measured in Woodland Hills. With 35 °C (95 °F), this LA neighborhood broke the previous record of 33.3 °C (92 °F) set in 1995.

The second warmest temperature was registered at UCLA. Their station measured 34.4 °F (94 °F), breaking the previous record of 32.2 °C (90 °F) set in 1933.

On the same day, Camarillo recorded 33.8 °C (93 °F), breaking the old record of 31.1 °C (88 °F) set in 2015. The same temperature was measured at the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, which broke the old record of 30 °C (86 °F) set in 1950.

32.7 °(91 °F) was registered at Long Beach Airport, breaking the old record of 29.4 °C (85 °F) set in 1990, while Los Angeles Airport recorded 32.7 °C (91 °F), breaking the old record of 28.8 °C (84 °F) set in 1990. 

The hot and dry conditions were caused by an upper-level ridge of high pressure hovering over the area, which brought desert air from the northeast to the Southern California coast, said Joe Sirard, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

Temperatures are expected to begin to fall on Friday, November 24.

Featured image: Temperature analysis, reflectivity, and IR image at 23:00 UTC on November 23, 2017. Credit: WMS/SSEC

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