Angel M Russell

A fall heat wave is hitting California, with heat advisories in effect for San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.


Adding to the seriousness of the drought along the Central Coast and throughout California are record-breaking temperatures this week.

The National Weather Service says Thursday's high of 91 degrees in Paso Robles broke a record set in 1988 by three degrees. San Luis Obispo's high at the airport and at Cal Poly hit 90, also breaking a record.

Santa Maria came in at 93 degrees yesterday afternoon and Santa Barbara hit 88, both very warm but not record breaking.

New analysis of last month's record-breaking heat waves along the Central Coast shows the overall average temperature for the month of May was among the hottest in the books for several locations, according to the National Weather Service.

The average of all the temperatures recorded at the Santa Barbara airport last month set a new record of 64.1 degrees. The San Luis Obispo airport tied 2009 as the warmest with an average reading of 64.6.