Record-breaking heat wave hits western United States for Thanksgiving

He said this trend of above-average temperatures could continue into the winter if predictions from the Climate Prediction Center hold steady.

Normal temperatures for this time of year are in the low 60s, the weather service said. The record for November 23 is 78 set in 1932.

Wednesday and Thursday are expected to be the hottest days of the week.

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Luckily for firefighters, who will be on high alert with the soaring temperatures, strong winds that typically trigger red flag warnings are not expected, he said.

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

Next week, forecasters are predicting a week of mild temperatures, with highs reaching the upper 30s and lower 40s.

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The highest temperature ever recorded on Thanksgiving in downtown Los Angeles was 90 degrees on November 26, 1903. That's higher than Palm Springs' predicted high of 92 degrees.

Heat records also are set to be eclipsed Thursday in San Diego and Riverside counties, too.

San Jose reached 76 degrees, breaking the previous 1924 record of 75, while Salinas peaked at 85 degrees, exceeding the 2015 record of 78.

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

  • Jermaine Castillo