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Record-setting high temperatures expected for Southern California

November 5, 2012 |  5:58 am

Another day of hotter-than-normal temperatures is in store for Southern California today, and forecasters expect the heat to send several records falling.

"Today's going to be sunny and actually quite hot ... even though it's Nov. 5," said Dave Bruno, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. "It will certainly be hotter than yesterday."

Temperatures in the mid- to upper 90s are expected across much of the region and should break several records for the date, Bruno said. Downtown Los Angeles (where the record is 94 degrees) and Burbank (with a 93-degree record) are expected to reach 95 degrees today. Long Beach is expected to hit 96 degrees, well above its record of 90 degrees.

Red-flag warnings are still in effect for the mountains in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, where forecasters are concerned that the warmer weather, low humidity and wind gusts between 30 and 40 mph could cause any fires to spread quickly, Bruno said.

Things should cool off as the week progresses. Bruno said temperatures are expected to drop by about 10 degrees each day, starting Tuesday.

"It's a very hot day," he said. "But it'll be gradually cooler."

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