High Heat, High Surf Expected For San Diego County This Week

High Heat, High Surf Expected For San Diego County This Week

An excessive heat warning was issued for a broad swath of the southwestern U.S. Monday with temperatures expected to approach 120 degrees (almost 49 Celsius) this week in what forecasters say could prove to be the hottest days of the year.

Overnight lows Monday could be 90 or 91 degrees, the National Weather Service said.

The hottest days are expected to be Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

The heat wave that is hitting Olympia and the surrounding region this week isn't projected to break any records - but it will come close.

The desert northeastern corner of San Diego County will continue to see high temperatures, reaching a climax of 117 degrees on Tuesday.

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This afternoon, the mercury topped out at 102 degrees in Ramona, tying the East County community's prior record for the date, set in 2006.

It prompted the NWS to issue an Excessive Heat Warning for San Diego County, along with most of Southern California, between 10 a.m. Monday and 8 p.m. Thursday. Forecasters also stressed that children, pets and seniors should not be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.

Officials recommend that residents set their thermostat at 78 degrees or higher, cool off with fans, turn off unnecessary lights and appliances and use major appliances in the morning or late evening.

Normal temperatures are expected to return to normal Friday and last through the weekend. "That pull them into the neck of the rip current and push that water out..." Minor tidal overflows or coastal flooding is also possible during times of high tides on Monday and Tuesday evenings, officials said.

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