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Early-Season Calif. Heat Wave Carves More Records

UPDATED 6:30 AM PDT, May 15, 2014

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen

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The early-season heat wave along the California Coast is cutting the pages out of more than a few record books. Unfortunately, more records even some more than a century old, will fall today before the blast furnace finally eases away from the Golden State heading into the weekend.

A massive high pressure anchored along the West Coast will keep the big cities of California baking today. Thankfully though, the mid-May heat wave will be broken by a slow-moving cold front`s arriving this weekend.

Heat Advisories remain in place along the Interstate 5 corridor from San Diego to Los Angeles.

Just like on Tuesday, ample mid-May sunshine crushed long-standing record highs along the California Coast on Wednesday. Downtown Los Angeles tied a 124-year old record high of 99 degrees. Even the Los Angeles International Airport cruised past its old record of 87 degrees set in 1967, topping out at 95 degrees. Other record smashed included a nearly century old record in Santa Maria, Calif., with San Diego touching 93 degrees, easily busting its old record of 87 degrees set in 1956.

Even more impressive is the wide area of 90s and 100s scorching much of coastal California, including many places in the Los Angeles metro area climbing above the century mark. The story won`t be any different today, with more records either jeopardized or falling as the mercury soars back into the 90s and lower 100s throughout .

Just to put the scope of the intense heat into perspective, cities like San Diego and Los Angeles will tear a new page out of the record books with ease. San Diego, forecasted to top out at 101 degrees, is a lock to trump its 91 degree record set in 1856. In downtown Los Angeles, the record high of 101 degrees set in 1971 will certainly be challenged if not surpassed on Thursday.

The hot, dry air, accompanied by a prolonged drought and wind gust reaching 30 mph, is producing dangerous fire conditions. Firefighters are already battling at least nine fires in San Diego County alone.

For more advice on staying safe in the hot weather, click here.

Weather this hot is not typical in mid-May. The average high in San Diego is 68 degrees while downtown San Francisco averages a high in the middle 60s. By Thursday for the San Francisco Bay area, temperatures will cool off with an increase in onshore flow. Ultimately, relief won`t arrive in southern California, including Los Angeles to San Diego, until Friday or the start of this weekend at the earliest.

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