A scorching hot Thanksgiving Day in south California

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. (KNBC / NBC News Channel) -- It appears more than just turkeys were roasting in Southern California on Thanksgiving Day.

Temperatures soared in the 80's and 90's on Thursday -- melting records throughout the region.

The mini heat wave caused temperatures to range about 20 to 25 degrees above normal.

In Santa Monica, people were out enjoying the sunshine -- walking along the pier, playing in the sand, surfing the waves, or biking along the boardwalk.

Forecasters say the unusual temps are the result of high pressure aloft combined with weak but warm offshore winds.

But, they say conditions are expected to begin cooling off over the weekend.