(KRON) — Temperatures soared into the 90s from Los Angeles to San Diego and up the Central Coast to the Bay Area on Wednesday, while much of the rest of the state basked in unseasonably balmy weather.
The heat set in Tuesday, breaking or tying records with 81 at Santa Cruz.
The mercury began rising again Wednesday morning and by afternoon temperatures were well above normal seasonal averages.
The National Weather Service said the heat was spawned by upper-level high pressure off the coast of northern Baja California with a ridge extending into southwestern California.
Warmth extended out to the beaches as offshore flow pushed the normal cooling influence of the Pacific Ocean away from the coast.
The highest temperature ever recorded on Thanksgiving in downtown Los Angeles was 90 degrees on Nov. 26, 1903.
The San Francisco/Monterey weather office said conditions were also warm for this time of year across its region, especially south of San Francisco Bay, with many highs in the 80s and 70s.
“Definitely doesn’t feel like the 22nd of November!” the office tweeted.
But by the weekend the warm temperatures will ease and rain returns.
— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) November 23, 2017
Thanksgiving was likely to bring a chance of rain in the North Bay while elsewhere would remain dry, the NWS said.
You can get up to the minute forecasts for your neighborhood in the KRON4 digital weather center.
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