Temperatures reached a record high of 92 in Los Angeles by midday Wednesday, and the forecast called for continued hot weather at least through Friday.
The record high of 92 was reported at Los Angeles International Airport, breaking the old record of 87 set in 1967. Similar records were set at Long Beach Airport, where a 93-degree temperature tied the record set in 1970.
For the rest of Wednesday, the National Weather Service forecast continued sunny and hot weather, with highs near 101 and light and variable winds becoming north northwest 5 to 10 mph.
A red flag warning indicating critical fire weather conditions remains in effect until 8 p.m. for Ventura County and Los Angeles County, excluding the Antelope Valley, for gusty northeast winds and low relative humidity.
Wednesday night, the NWS predicted a low around 67.
Thursday will be a near repeat of Wednesday, with sunny and hot weather and a high near 101. The low Thursday night will be around 68.
Due to dry conditions and hot temps, Santa Anita Park announced that it has canceled live racing May 15.
Friday should see slight cooling, with a high near 93. Saturday will see the first big break, with highs forecast only around 81.