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Get ready for ‘abnormally warm,’ possibly record-setting Thanksgiving heat

By in Press Enterprise on November 19, 2017

By Lauren Williams

Just as Thanksgiving cooks are preparing to roast their turkeys and bake their pies, temperatures across Southern California are expected to heat up this week, with some areas seeing holiday highs in the 90s.

Record high temperatures are likely to be set Wednesday and Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

A high-pressure system is expected to linger over the region and will be its strongest just in time for Thanksgiving, with low humidity creating a dry heat, said Stephen Harrison, a meteorologist with the weather service in San Diego.

At the same time, Santa Ana winds are expected to die down, causing the heat to linger from the coast to the inland regions.

“This is abnormally warm for Thanksgiving, definitely,” Harrison said.

In the Inland valleys, highs should in the upper 70s to lower 80s on Monday, but then will jump almost 10 degrees Tuesday and a few more Wednesday, according to the weather service.

The current forecast has Inland temperatures peaking Wednesday in the upper 80s to mid-90s, then going down only a few degrees Thursday. Thanksgiving day’s current forecast is for 92 degrees in Temecula; 91 degrees in Riverside, San Bernardino, Corona, Lake Elsinore and Hemet; 90 in Redlands, Fontana and Rancho Cucamonga; 89 in Ontario; and 85 in Beaumont, according to the weather service.

In the local mountains, at elevations above 6,000 feet, highs should be in the 60s Monday, rising into the 70s by Wednesday, with Thanksgiving at 72 degrees in Big Bear and 77 in Idyllwild. Overnight lows got below freezing over the weekend, but should stay above that point in the coming week.

Elsewhere in Southern California, Thanksgiving is expected to be 84 degrees at Los Angeles International Airport and in Long Beach, 90 degrees in Fullerton and Santa Ana, 89 degrees in Pasadena and 77 degrees in Newport Beach, the […]    

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