Environment & Science

Record-breaking heat forecast for Thanksgiving week

A pedestrian uses an umbrella on a hot sunny morning in Los Angeles October 24, 2017 amid a late season heatwave hitting southern California.
A pedestrian uses an umbrella on a hot sunny morning in Los Angeles October 24, 2017 amid a late season heatwave hitting southern California.
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Expecting a chill in the air this Thanksgiving? Forget about it. 

Record-breaking heat is expected to descend upon Southern California this week just in time for the holiday.

Temperatures will peak Wednesday and Thursday due to a combination of high pressure and a weak offshore flow, said Richard Thompson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Wednesday's high is forecast at 92 degrees, while Thanksgiving day is expected to top out at 90. 

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Thompson said the region is also experiencing relatively dry conditions, so there will be an increased fire risk due to the wind and high temperatures. 

"If a fire would get started it could grow to a decent size potentially, depending on the conditions," Thompson said. 

Thompson recommends people "take it easy" over the next several days: Limit time outside during the day and drink plenty of water.