RECORD TEMPERATURES , ELEVATED WILDFIRE RISK

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September 15, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – The Naitonal Weather Service warns of elevated wildfire risk over San Diego County’s mountains and valleys, with gusts of 25-35  mph forecast for today.  Yesterday,  high temperature records were broken in several local communities, including El Cajon, where the high reached 103 degrees.

Scorching hot temperatures and low humidity will continue today, with highs up to 107 forecast for coastal mesas and inland areas expected to peak at up to 103 degrees.  “Hottest locations will be near 108 degrees along I-15,” the National Weather Service predicts.

In this extreme heat, it’s important to stay cool and avoid outdoor activites. Drink plenty of fluids and dress in lightweight, loose-fitting clothing.  Check on the elderly and the young, and never leave children or pets alone in a vehicle, since heat stroke can occur after only a few minutes in such high temperatures.

A cooling trend is forecast for Sunday and Monday, followed by warming on Tuesday through Thursday. 

The County offers cool zones to escape the heat. For a list of cool zones, see http://sandiego.networkofcare.org/aging/countycontent/SanDiego/COOL-ZONE-sites-by-region-%2806-08-12%29.pdf .

For additional tips on how to beat the heat, see http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/hhsa/programs/ais/cool_zones/index.html