Heat Sets Records in Yorba Linda, Santa Ana

From Times staff reports

Two Orange County cities Wednesday posted new record high temperatures for May 21.

The temperature in Yorba Linda reached 90 degrees, surpassing the previous record of 87 degrees set in 1958. And in Santa Ana the mercury topped out at 85, one degree hotter than the record temperature in 1988.

“When you consider the fact that they haven’t exceeded the past records by any great number, it’s not that unusual,” said Frank O’Leary, a forecaster for the National Weather Service in San Diego. “We have 365 daily records that can be surpassed at any time.”