90 Degrees-Plus in Los Angeles Today As New Heat Records Expected

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Mon, Nov 5, 2012 at 11:50 PM

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Updated at the bottom: We did it! First posted at 6:08 a.m.

Anybody look at the calendar lately? Yeah, November.

Someone forgot to tell Mother Nature, because temperatures in the L.A. basin were expected to sneak into the 90s today and could break records, says the National Weather Service.

Look for new, high-temperature records for this date at ...

... UCLA and LAX, and in downtown L.A., Long Beach, Burbank and Santa Maria, according to the service.

All are expected to see temps in the upper 80s to lower 90s.

Why? A high pressure system is parked overhead. It's forcing wind to push off-shore, Santa Ana-style. And that also means an "elevated fire danger" and red flag warnings for the Santa Monica Mountains and the other ranges in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

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According to the NWS:

An upper level ridge of high pressure with offshore flow near the surface will bring locally breezy offshore winds along with very warm and dry conditions through Monday.

Gusts to race as fast as 40 miles per hour in the mountain ranges, says the service.

It's expected to be warm again Tuesday but the weather will quickly cool off, with showers possible by Thursday and "below normal" temps headed for the weekend.

Longest summer ever.

[Updated at 11:50 p.m.]: Records were matched and broken. According to the NWS:

Downtown L.A. matched the record high for this date, set in 1898. The temp was 94.

LAX tied 1976's high of 91.

Long Beach Airport beat 1976's 90 with a 93.

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