Record temps up to 100°F expected in SoCal at start of Thanksgiving holiday

From the “cook your turkey on the asphalt while waiting in a traffic jam” department

Dr Ryan Maue of has this informative forecast:

Already in the 80s in Southern California this morning before Thanksgiving. Record highs expected in mid to upper-90s. Possibly a reading of 100°F

And he has the forecast map to go with it:

Of course. the usual caterwauling will commence about this being a sure sign of “global warming”, but in fact, it is nothing more than a weather pattern regularly seen in California. This from the National Weather Service in LA/Oxnard:

A strong upper level ridge of high pressure and light offshore flow will bring sunny and warm conditions to southwestern California for much of the week, including Thanksgiving day. Widespread record breaking heat is expected through Thursday, with highs over the interior portions of the coastal plain and valleys in the 90s. Little relief from the heat is expected overnight for warmer valley and foothill locations with lows only in the 60s to near 80. At the same time, offshore flow will bring continued very dry and breezy conditions, with elevated fire danger through much the coming week. Be sure to stay hydrated during this time, provide water and shade for pets and other domestic animals, and use extra caution with any source of fire.

In their Area Forecast Discussion, they say this:

Strong upper level high pressure and offshore flow will bring very warm and dry weather to the area through Thursday, with record or near record temperatures expected. The high will weaken Friday through the weekend with a cooling trend through early next week. A weakening frontal system could bring light rain to northern areas late in the weekend, followed by gusty north winds and cool weather Monday. Warmer weather is expected Tuesday as north winds transition to a Santa Ana wind event.

41 thoughts on “Record temps up to 100°F expected in SoCal at start of Thanksgiving holiday

    • Well, COLD is proof of global warming too, remember. So is stasis. Rain, lack of rain, sunshine, clouds.
      Proof is all around us.

      • Stasis is the most alarming of all — global warming and cooling duking it out for climate supremacy.

      • Not a l l bad, Gabro.
        Someone gets ‘research’ funds.

        How is the swamp draining going?
        Will a second term be needed?

        On this side of the pond, Her Majesty’s Government sits, transfixed by the headlights.

        Hinckley Point is going to cost an arm and several legs.
        No serious research appears to continue into alternative ‘nukes’; several folk on here think there is hope; I simply don’t have one one-hundred and seventeenth part of the expertise (but it would be nice if HMG was trying!)
        Coal – despite >9% of load on a very windy night [Wind ~15%] is demonised.
        The Department for Energy, Wasting Hard-earned Taxes and something-or-other is in thrall to Big Wind.
        Now – if Big Wind can make money without subsidies, on a level playing field – then, OK; local applications, and perhaps 10% of base load.
        But if not – spurn them as you would spurn a rabid dog [Thanks to Rowan Atkinson!].
        And all this after HMG got nothing from the EURO Queens, to bring to the table, to convince the much-put-upon (as we see it) electorate, to reject Brexit.

        Beggars belief.


  1. It’s interesting that during La Nina events, i.e. cooler global temperatures and less energy in the atmosphere, the high off the central West coast of California seems harder to push out of the way as the region gets warmer, drier and experiences the warmer, southern side of storm system that do get past the high.

  2. I have lived in Southern California only all my life. We can get summer like temperatures almost any time of year. It is all a matter of weather cycles and pressure.

    • Yup…Been sitting at the Rose Bowl, New Year’s Day, with snow on the San Gabriels, 90 degrees, when the announcers say that ” this is the best advertisement for people moving to California, from the frozen Midwest and East Coast.”

      • The same is true in the UK, we can get winter-like temperatures in mid July! (but probably only around 53F).

  3. “Possibly a reading of 100°F”….bullsh1t…….the NWS doesn’t even predict anything in the upper 90’s

    ….possibly getting hit in the head by some DQ

  4. That just means it is quite comfortable here in So. Arizona. Cool nights, warmer than average days. Higher than average temps in November means no heating needed. No A/C needed here either. Saves me big $’s on my winter gas bill.

    But it was long ago noted that when the US SW was warm and dry fall-winter, the Pacific NorthWest is wet and cold.
    55 F today for high in Portland. I’ll take 85 F here in Tucson.

  5. “Record highs expected in mid to upper-90s. Possibly a reading of 100°F’ ….such drama
    the NWS does not even predict high 90’s

    • Most anything is “possible”. That term means nothing as far forecasting, climate, or anything other than the weather person is not very bright.

  6. It all depends on the wind direction. If they get a big high parked to the northeast, the warm dry Santa Ana winds push the “marine layer” away from the coast, and downsloping winds tend to compress and warm the atmosphere. It’s the same effect that produces the warm, dry weather on the east side of the Rockies during “chinook” winds.

    I was in southern California for Memorial Day weekend, with onshore winds out of the southwest. Lots of sunshine, but the temperatures struggled to reach 70 degrees in the “marine layer”.

    So if a warm Thanksgiving is blamed on “global warming”, what’s to blame for cool weather in late May?

    • Steve
      – Global warming.
      Also for late-cropping potatoes.
      Of course.
      And probably the failure of cardamom seeds to set before St Agatha’s Day {Feast day – February 5th].

      Mods – a hint of /SNARC above, you know. Truck loads of hints, in fact.


    • What is a perfect day? 28C, no wind and sunshine. (some might like it a little warmer than that but you will get just as many complainers – nobody complains at 28C).

    • Ntesdort: Most people do. Personally, I’ll take -20F over 90F any day. I like the cold, snow and winter in general. If I moved for retirement, it would be north, not south.

      • That’s quite a temperature spread, quite frankly, I’ll take anything well above -20 and somewhat below 90

  7. In Oz we were warned a week or two ago that we were in for another massive record-breaking summer due to ‘Climate Change’ (aka CAGW).

    Now we are being told we are due for a cool summer, this time due to an ‘unusual’ type of ‘short’ summertime La Nina. I kid you not.

    So, hot = Global Warming ™ and cold = unusual thing that happens a lot (as much as the opposite, which is Global Warming ™ as well, of course).

    I can’t wait for the excuses if the dreaded ‘pause’ returns, longer than ever 🙂

  8. People are always describing weather as ‘hot enough to fry an egg on your car bonnet’

    We don’t get that sort of weather in the UK – so: does it get that hot? Can you fry an egg on your car?

    (I have always wanted to try this…)

    • One can cook a whole meal using the heat output from the engine. Cooking an egg on a car in the UK, not in a few minutes, but a surface, in full summer sun, yes, after a while, maybe.

      In New Zealand, yes, possible, but not rapid. Aus yes, possible, but not rapid. So, pointless. Want to cook an egg and eat it for brekky? Use a stove and a pan.

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