High temperatures to hit county: More near-record or record highs expected

SAN DIEGO - High temperatures were expected to hit San Diego County on Sunday, with more record or near-record highs, according to 10News weathercaster Ashlee DeMartino.

Two records were set on Saturday. Campo reached 106, with the old record 103 and Borrego Springs hit 119, beating the old record of 118.

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Excessive heat warnings for mountain areas below 5,000 feet and the deserts continued to remain in effect utnil 8 p.m. Monday, saying highs Sunday would be 100 to 105 degrees in the mountains and 115 to 122 degrees in the deserts.

"Exceedingly high temperatures can cause heat-related illness or death," the NWS said. "Those working or playing outdoors, the elderly, the young and those with existing health conditions, as well as those without air conditioning, are most vulnerable."

The excessive heat warning does not extend into the valleys, though the weather service said highs in the western valleys would be 91 to 96 degrees Sunday. Near the foothills, highs are expected to be 98 to 103 degrees Sunday.

Coastal areas, however, offered some relief from the heat wave. The National Weather Service said temperatures in coastal areas would top out this weekend in the high 70s to low 80s near the beaches and in the high 80s to low 90s inland.

Also at the beaches, a southerly swell was causing dangerous rip currents and above-normal surf through this evening, especially along south-facing beaches, according to the National Weather Service.

"We are seeing some strong rip current activity at certain times during the day," said lifeguard Lt. Rick Strobel. "The key to it is know what rip currents are. They're not going to pull you under or pull you to Hawaii. Just don't panic, raise your hand … most likely a lifeguard has already seen you in trouble and they're on their way."

Residents without access to air conditioning are encouraged to use one of the more than 100 "Cool Zone" locations in the region this weekend. The locations are marked with signs that depict a polar bear. Locations include libraries, senior centers, recreation centers and other public buildings.

Click here for a list of Cool Zone locations (PDF)

The county announced Saturday that the following Cool Zone sites will be open for additional hours on Sunday and Monday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Borrego Springs Library: 587 Palm Canyon Drive #125, Borrego Springs 92004.
  • Campo-Morena Village Library: 31356 Highway 94, Campo CA 91906. (619) 478-5945
  • Jacumba Library, 44605 Old Highway 80, Jacumba CA 91934. (619) 766-4608
  • Potrero Library, 24883 Potrero Valley Road, Potrero 91963. (619) 478-5978

Cooler temperatures are expected through the county next week.

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