With Holidays Approaching, L.A. Basks in 80-Degree Weather

In case you haven't noticed, the weather outside is delightful, at least during midday hours.

For today and tomorrow we can expect high temperatures above 80 degrees, National Weather Service forecasters say.

In fact, temperatures downtown today (82 or so) and Friday (as high as 85) are about 10 degrees or more higher than the average November high for Los Angeles, says Bonnie Bartling of the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

The average high for this month is 72.8, she said.

It's still chilly at night, with low temps expected to reach the mid-50s, she said. But even that's a few degrees above normal.

The El Niño weather phenomenon is pushing water temperatures to crazy heights in some areas, too. Avalon Harbor's sea water is 69 degrees, which would be midsummer territory — wetsuits purely optional — at Southern California beaches.

Just yesterday the weather service said, "October 2015 will go down in the record books as the warmest October on record in most coastal and valley areas of southwestern California.

"In some locations, average temperatures for October 2015 were four degrees higher than those of the previous warmest October," the agency said in a statement.

The warmth continues, and now it's almost Thanksgiving. Winter officially arrives Dec. 22.

Bartling blames a high-pressure system over the Great Basin. It's creating mild offshore winds while toasting the L.A. area during the daytime.

The heat will mellow on Saturday by a few degrees and then again by a few degrees more Sunday, she said. "A much sharper cooling will come Monday," she said, with temps reaching only slightly above normal.

What about the big holiday? Thanksgiving is still up in the air, she said. 

"It looks like it's going to be cooler over Thanksgiving," Bartling said, "but we're not quite sure yet."

To grandmother's house you go, then, with sunglasses on.

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