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Record heat continues on the Central Coast

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UPDATE: Wednesday saw another day of record or near-record breaking temperatures on the Central Coast as a high pressure system sits over California bringing strong winds and unseasonably hot weather. 

Records fell Wednesday in both Santa Maria and Santa Barbara the same two cities that saw records fall yesterday. Santa Maria hit a high of 98 degrees, breaking the previous record of 96 set in 1996. Santa Barbara saw a high of 87, smashing the 1993 record of 80 degrees.

San Luis Obispo came within four-tenths of tying its record of 94 degrees set in 1996. The city's official temperature of 91 on Tuesday, measured at Cal Poly, did not break a record—however the airport reading of 96 was the highest ever for that location and date. Wednesday the mercury hit at least 96 degrees once again at the airport.