In Orange County, a high of 81 is expected in Newport Beach, which would tie a record set in 2002, while the expected high of 91 in Santa Ana could tie a record set in 1950, NWS meteorologist Greg Martin said.
Temperatures "flirted with the freezing mark" on the North Shore overnight but are expected to warm up slightly across the New Orleans area to make for a sunny, autumnal Black Friday (Nov. 24), according to the National Weather Service.
This ridge will be at its strongest on Thanksgiving, potentially breaking daytime high temperature records for many Arizona communities that afternoon.
St. Cloud's 57-degree high was also a record, surpassing its previous high of 56 degrees in 1990, according to the weather service. It will be cooler than Wednesday - especially along the coast - but still hot and dry. The record high for Thanksgiving day is 87, set in 1950 and 2014. "So say we cool down to the upper 70s which it looks like is possible in the middle of next week, our average high is around 72", said WIlson.
Records were also set in Long Beach, where the temperature reached 96 and topped the 2015 record of 88.
Utah also experienced record-setting heat this summer.
The Carmel Valley, Pinnacles National Park and King City hit highs of 90 degrees, with Big Sur sitting a warm 80 degrees.
But by the weekend the warm temperatures will ease and rain returns.