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LA breaks records for hottest Thanksgiving ever

Robyn Rubin (left) and Debby Alberts during a Thanksgiving day hike at the Runyon hiking trails. Temperatures set records in Southern California for the warmest Thanksgiving holiday ever recorded.
Robyn Rubin (left) and Debby Alberts during a Thanksgiving day hike at the Runyon hiking trails. Temperatures set records in Southern California for the warmest Thanksgiving holiday ever recorded.
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It’s official. This is the hottest Thanksgiving on record.

Downtown Los Angeles hit 92 degrees. 

The record temperatures are the hottest ever recorded. That statistic goes all the way back to 1877, when records began being kept, according to the National Weather Service. Thanksgiving fell earlier in the month than it sometimes does, but it's also the hottest Nov. 23.

Temperatures are expected to cool down a bit over the weekend, with forecasts in the low 70s by Monday.

Hancock Park resident Ron Niv cools down at the Runyon hiking trails. Los Angeles beat the all-time record hitting 92 degrees on Thanksgiving day.
Hancock Park resident Ron Niv cools down at the Runyon hiking trails. Los Angeles beat the all-time record hitting 92 degrees on Thanksgiving day.
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We checked in with hikers at nearby Runyon Canyon today. Many arrived early to try and beat the heat.

Joselyn Murillo was there with a small group. She carried a heavy back pack loaded up with water bottles.

"For November, the weather's pretty crazy," she said. 

Joselyn Murillo (far left) at Runyon on Thanksgiving day with her friend, cousin and sister.
Joselyn Murillo (far left) at Runyon on Thanksgiving day with her friend, cousin and sister.
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Jeff Jones and Steve Johnson of Sherman Oaks were also out hiking. Jones grew up in Illinois and said he doesn’t miss the cold winters there.

"Everybody in the Midwest is really getting hit by the mid-30s and mid-40s, and some even have snow and rain today and I’m like, 'No, we’re sunny. It’s gorgeous. We’re out here in shorts and Lululemon wear and loving it, loving life,'" Jones said.

Jeff Jones (left) and Steve Johnson of Sherman Oaks on Thanksgiving day. Downtown Los Angeles hit 92 degrees.
Jeff Jones (left) and Steve Johnson of Sherman Oaks on Thanksgiving day. Downtown Los Angeles hit 92 degrees.
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To keep up with local heat records you can follow the National Weather Service Los Angeles on Twitter.

Seth Rivera (third from left) and his group were among the hikers at Runyon during the record-high temperatures on Thanksgiving day.
Seth Rivera (third from left) and his group were among the hikers at Runyon during the record-high temperatures on Thanksgiving day.
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