A freak overnight wind gust helped to break an old heat record Thursday at the Santa Monica Pier.
It was 83 degrees at 2:18 a.m. because a northeast wind "increased and resulted in quick warming to the low 80s from the mid 70s," the National Weather Service reported.
"This was an unusual high temperature record," the weather service said.
The previous record of 80 degrees was set in 1968.
It was the second heat record broke this year in Santa Monica. On Sept. 15, another unusual new record high of 87 degrees was recorded at 8:25 a.m.
In 2011, according to Patch archives, two new record lows were set.