California sizzles in fall heat wave

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A large swath of California is sweating in a Thanksgiving week heat wave.

Temperatures warmed up quickly Wednesday and were well into the 90s in many areas by early afternoon.

There’s a chance of rain north of San Francisco on Thanksgiving but warm and dry will be the rule elsewhere.

The city of Camarillo about 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles hit 99 degrees by 1 p.m.

The National Weather Service says the heat is being spawned by a very strong high pressure area off the coast of northern Baja California with a ridge extending into southwestern California.

Records broken or tied Tuesday ranged from 91 at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank to 81 at Santa Cruz on the north end of Monterey Bay.

Much of coastal California is enjoying a summerlike Thanksgiving week two-thirds of the way through fall.

The National Weather Service says temperatures records have been broken or tied this week under the influence of high pressure, and more new marks are likely to be set.

Many parts of Southern California hit the 80s well before noon Wednesday and a few locations had already hit 90 degrees.

Records broken or tied Tuesday ranged from 91 at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank to 81 at Santa Cruz.

The Central Valley, meanwhile, has experienced early morning dense fog.

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