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San Diego's inland residents head to the coast to escape the heat

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Posted at 5:54 PM, Aug 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-01 22:23:07-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Dangerously hot temperatures continue to scorch San Diego County's inland areas and deserts. Many of those areas hit peak temperatures well into the triple digits. Many inland residents chose to spend the day on the coast to escape the blistering heat.

They say home is where the heart is. But for Peggy Dudenhoeffer, home is where the heat is. The Fallbrook resident drove 50 miles south Saturday, to enjoy the day in Bankers Hill, where it was about 15 degrees cooler.

"We feel like we're on vacation!" she said. "I like it better out here. We're lucky to be in San Diego to be able to sit outdoors in the summertime."

She and her friend were at Barrio Star restaurant, which moved its operations all outdoors because of COVID-19 restrictions. But the restaurant was not going to let the heatwave turn customers away. They installed misters onto their rooftop overflow area.

"Right now, with this weather, it couldn't be better," Barrio Star General Manager, Michael Simpson, said. "Some nice mist, some nice picnic tables, and some nice margaritas!"

Some preferred being closer to natural water. ABC 10News met professional skater, Lance Lynn, at Mission Beach.

"Inland, it's crazy hot," Lynn said. "Yesterday, I had to go to Ocean Beach just to escape the heat."

Lynn said there was no way he could practice his skills back near his inland area home. With the ocean breeze, he said he can glide around without melting in the sun.

"When you get out towards the coast, then you can get to enjoy the beach," Lynn said. "This is what it's meant for!"

The National Weather Service forecasts the heat advisory in the County's inland areas to remain in effect until 9 pm Saturday. The excessive heat warning in the deserts will remain in effect until 9 pm Sunday.