September 19, 2009 (San Diego’s East County) – The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement for an Diego County mountains, deserts, valleys and coastal areas as well as other portions of Southern California. Heat 10-20 degrees over normal is predicted over the next week, with record highs predicted in some areas. Tuesday and Wednesday are predicted to be the hottest days, followed by marginally cooler days on Thursday and Friday. The hot, dry conditions and weak offshore flow will elevate the fire danger next week, a danger raised by the presence of dry fuels.
Strong high pressure will build over the Western U.S. early in the week, bringing an extended period of hot, dry weather lasting through Friday.
Some inland temperatures may reach 110, with beach temperatures likely to be in the 80s. Mountain highs will range from near 100 degrees at 3000 feet to around 80 degrees at 6000 feet, with high desert temperatures of 95-105 and low desert highs of 100-110.
The high pressure ridge is forecast to break down for gradual cooling next weekend.
Prevent heat exhaustion and heat stroke by avoiding strenuous activities during the hottest part of the day. Wear light-colored and loose-fitting clothing and drink plenty of water.
Never leave children or pets in enclosed automobiles, even for a short time.