Record-tying heat for Thanksgiving Day across Front Range

Lots of sunshine today with milder breezes

The record high for Thanksgiving Day in Phoenix is 87 reached in 1950 and again in 2014.

Temperatures soared into the 90s across a large swath of Southern California in an autumn heat wave that peaked Wednesday.

Fresno reached 76 degrees in the 3 o'clock hour Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Wednesday's high peaked at 80 degrees, the highest ever recorded in the valley on November 22 and 17 degrees warmer than the normal temperature for this time of year, the weather service said.

The record for November 23 in Denver is 73 set in 1915.

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.

The high temperature will continue on Thursday, as families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving with temperatures in the 90's when they are usually in the 70's. Highs are expected to top 95 in some areas Wednesday and Thursday, especially in the Inland Empire.

As for Thanksgiving Day itself, the west San Fernando Valley will probably be the hottest area in the L.A. region, Sirard said. That's higher than Palm Springs' predicted high of 92 degrees.

Thursday's high at Santa Barbara Airport is forecast to be a relatively chilly 83 degrees.

After a frosty start, Acadiana will get to enjoy another sunny and seasonably cool day, but afternoon temperatures will be milder as compared with Thanksgiving. This all is out ahead of another cold front that looks to bring about rain chances by the end of next week/early next weekend.

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