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SoCal's winter heat wave breaks records

A man and woman walk around Echo Park Lake in this June 28, 2013, file photo. A winter heat wave is breaking December records in Southern California.
A man and woman walk around Echo Park Lake in this June 28, 2013, file photo. A winter heat wave is breaking December records in Southern California.
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Several records were set or tied Thursday and more could fall Friday as Southern California rides the tail end of a winter heat wave.

Woodland Hills hit 88 degrees Thursday, breaking a record set in 1963. Burbank reached 84 degrees. And the mercury in Lake Elsinore hit 89.

Friday was expected to be the warmest day of the hot spell.

"Definitely inland areas probably should be as warm as yesterday if not a little bit warmer today," said Richard Thompson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. "So it's going to be definitely another very warm day across the area. Possibility of some more records being set, especially across the valleys."

Temperatures were expected to dip Saturday and return to the lower or mid-70s by New Year's Day.