As bitter cold racks Northeast, California enjoys nation's warmest weather

Southern California reported the warmest temperatures in the nation on Wednesday and would probably do the same on Thursday and Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

Thanks largely to a high pressure system compressing air over the Great Basin, Los Angeles County could see temperatures 10 to 20 degrees warmer than the seasonal average, according to NWS Meteorologist Robbie Munroe. As a result of the high pressure, light offshore winds will prevent cool ocean breezes from reaching land.

“Somewhere in the Southwest, most likely in California, will be the hottest part of the nation through Friday,” Munroe said.

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