Warmest Thanksgiving on record: Higher-than-normal temps continue next week

Record-breaking heat wave hits western US for Thanksgiving

According to the National Weather Service in Bismarck, this was a record setting day for November 23 as well as for Thanksgiving Day, a holiday falling on different days each year.

Temperatures ranged about 20 degrees above normal Wednesday, and heat records began falling around midday. A freeze warning means the temperature could drop to 32 degrees Fahrenheit or lower, and the Weather Service advises people to take care with portable heaters, keep pets indoors and mind sensitive plants.

The hot, dry conditions can be attributed to a ridge of high pressure lingering above the region, sending desert air flowing toward the coast, an NWS meteorologist told the Los Angeles Times.

Highs will warm up to the 70s today across much of the Pikes Peak region!

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

Friday will be sunny with a high temperature near 80 degrees, according to the service. That's higher than Palm Springs' predicted high of 92 degrees.

Downtown Los Angeles reached 93 degrees Wednesday, breaking the record for the date of 89 degrees, set in 1950.

Thousands turned out for the fifth annual Turkey Trot Los Angeles near City Hall as temperatures broke records in the region on November 23, 2017.

Temperatures will come down a couple of degrees through the weekend, but forecast models indicate a stronger trough from the northwest will allow a greater cool down by next Tuesday, along with breezy winds.

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