SAN DIEGO -- San Diego County may get somewhat of a break from the heat Friday and Saturday amid slightly cooler -- but still above average -- temperatures , but forecasters said it would heat up again and gusty Santa Ana winds would return early next week.
On Thursday, local milestone mercury readings included 84 degrees in San Diego, topping the former Feb. 11 high mark of 83, set in 1988; and 86 in Borrego, exceeding the prior record of 84, set in 2008, according to the National Weather Service. El Cajon and Ramona, meanwhile, measured maximum
thermometer readings -- 87 and 83 degrees, respectively -- that tied their previous records for the date.
Forecasters said fair and slightly cooler weather was expected today.
"We expect mostly clear skies and slightly lower temps today and Saturday, but temps will stay above average," according to the weather service.
High temperatures today were predicted to be 76 to 81 degrees near the coast, 81 to 86 degrees inland, 82 to 87 in the valleys, 73 to 81 degrees in the mountains and 83 to 88 degrees in the deserts.
But those looking to enjoy the unseasonable warmth at the beaches were advised that high surf and strong rip currents would be likely today through Sunday. The surf is expected to build to 3 to 6 feet today and peak Saturday into early Sunday at 4 to 7 feet.
Forecasters said sets of 8 to 9 feet were expected along beaches south of Del Mar.