Temperatures ranged about 20 degrees above normal Wednesday, and heat records began falling around midday.
That all-time high temperature was reached by noon, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service said the record high for the day in Fresno is 77 set in 1980.
In Burbank (88 degrees), Camarillo (92 degrees) and Oxnard (91 degrees), records that had been set in 1950 were all shattered.
The National Weather Service at Lincoln predicted a high of 62 degrees for today, but also issued a hazardous weather outlook cautioning about strong wind gusts that could create issues for large vehicles traveling on east-west roads.More news: Pentagon releases sexual assault data
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The hot and dry conditions stem from an upper-level ridge of high pressure hovering over the area, which is causing desert air from the northeast to flow toward the Southern California coast, Sirard said.
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. Tuesday's high will drop down to 64 degrees with 15-25 miles per hour winds that could gust up to 35 miles per hour, the weather service said.
Elsewhere, Woodland Hills is expected to top out at 94, Pasadena could hit 92, Santa Ana's high is forecast at 90 and Long Beach may reach 89.