LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Record-heat and dry conditions will persist in Southern California Thursday, officials said.

A new record of 97 degrees was set at LAX Thursday morning, the National Weather Service said.

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A red flag warning remains in effect until 8 p.m. for Ventura and Los Angeles counties only, according to the National Weather Service.

Wind gusts are expected to range between 25 and 35 mph in the valleys and mountains.

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Temperatures will continue to hover 15 to 30 degrees above normal.

More than a dozen cities Wednesday broke or tied high temperatures for the date, including the following:

  • 99 degrees at downtown Los Angeles/USC, breaking the record of 96 set in 1890
  • 101 degrees at Long Beach Airport, breaking the record of 93 set in 1970
  • 96 degrees at UCLA, breaking the record of 87 set in 1979 and tied last year

For a list of cooling centers across the region, click here.

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