SAN DIEGO -
Dry and very hot temperatures were felt throughout most of San Diego County Tuesday, forecasters said.
Daytime highs Tuesday reached the upper 90s to low 100s in the inland valleys, upper 100s in the lower deserts, upper 90s in the high deserts, upper 80s to low 90s at lower mountain elevations and in the 80s in coastal areas, according to the National Weather Service.
An NWS advisory warned of fire weather concerns in the inland areas due to the humidity.
Tuesday was expected to mark the final day of a heat wave that began Sunday. According to the NWS, as high pressure over California and Baja shifts southward and weakens, cooler temperatures will prevail for the rest of the week and into early next week.
During this week's heat wave, the county of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency strongly encouraged residents without access to air conditioning to use one of the more than 100 "Cool Zone" locations in the region. The locations are marked with signs that depict a polar bear. Locations include libraries, senior centers, recreation centers and other public buildings.
The purpose of the county-sponsored Cool Zone program is to offer free access to air conditioning for those whose homes do not have it or those who cannot afford the hefty power bills typically generated by air conditioner use.
Low-income, senior and disabled residents who have trouble traveling can request a free electric fan through the program. Also, some residents qualify for free bus passes to get to the Cool Zone locations. For more information, call (800) 510-2020.
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