Small heat wave hits SCV this Thanksgiving

FILE PHOTO: A bee flies away from a trio of sunflowers in a garden on Walnut Street in Newhall on Thursday, August 24, 2017. Katharine Lotze/The Signal
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This Thanksgiving holiday is shaping up to being one of the hottest on record in Southern California, according to officials with the National Weather Service (NWS).

The mini heat wave is forecasted to bring highs up to 90 degrees throughout the Santa Clarita Valley Wednesday and Thursday, Thanksgiving Day.

“It will be very warm for Thanksgiving,” NWS Meteorologist Joe Sirard said.  “Thanksgiving Day it will be warm enough to eat outside.”

Although the NWS does not keep long-term climate records of the Santa Clarita Valley, Sirard believes this week’s weather is hot enough to break potential records for the area.

“It’s hot,” he said.  “If we did keep longtime records them I’m sure we would be breaking records up there.”

In addition, the high heat and low humidity is expected to bring an elevated fire danger to the Santa Clarita Valley this week, as north to northeast winds between 5 to 20 miles per hour hit the area Wednesday through Friday.

“The fire danger, we have elevated fire conditions due to high temperatures, low humidity and gusty winds,” Sirard said.  “The fire danger will linger even into Friday.”

The unseasonably hot weather is expected to slowly cool off throughout the weekend as off shore winds move into the area.

Temperatures are forecasted to move into the low-80s and upper-70s during the day Saturday and Sunday before lowering to the mid- to low-70s Monday.

During the warm week, the NWS is encouraging residents to practice heat safety by staying hydrated, checking in on the elderly and those without air conditioning, limiting outdoor activities and never leaving children or pets unattended in vehicles.

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