Travelers flying out of John Wayne Airport on Friday, Nov. 12 may have breathed a sigh of relief after leaving the hottest spot on record in the nation.
Those who flew in may have been surprised by near triple-digit heat in November.
The airport saw a high temperature of 98 degrees, National Weather Service meteorologist Adam Roser said, making it the winner for peak heat in the United States.
A handful of areas in Southern California broke decades-old records for high temperatures, including Santa Ana, which initially reported a high of 96 degrees, breaking a record of 92 in 1974.
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That mark came from one of the city’s fire stations, which has been recording temperatures for nearly 100 years, Roser said in explaining the discrepancy. John Wayne Airport doesn’t have enough record data to track record temperatures.
It’s not often Southern California boasts the highest temperature in the nation, Roser said.
“When we do get these Santa Ana wind events, it can really warm up the valleys west of the mountains,” he said.
The winds weren’t anticipated to be as strong throughout the weekend, but an area of high pressure will still warm up the atmosphere, Roser said.
Temperatures are expected to drop starting Monday.
Source: Orange County Register