Temperature highs across San Diego County could reach highest in nation
Posted: Feb 10, 2016 6:44 AM PST Updated: Feb 10, 2016 6:44 AM PST
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) - Unseasonably warm weather and potentially record-setting high temperatures are expected in San Diego County again Wednesday and into next week as a ridge of high pressure remains in place over the region.
On Tuesday, high temperatures crushed records across the county. A high of 89 degrees in Vista topped the previous record set three years ago of 81 degrees, an 83-degree high in San Diego was 6 degrees above the prior record from 2008 and a 91-degree day in El Cajon soared over a decade old record of 86 degrees. Highs of 89 degrees in both Chula Vista and Escondido pushed past records of 83 and 86 degrees, set in 1954 and 1991, respectively. A maximum temperature of 85 degrees in Ramona was 2 degrees over the previous record, set in 1988, and a prior record of 82 degrees in Alpine, set in 1991, was topped by 1 degree, all according to the National Weather Service.
These summer-like conditions are expected to persist throughout San Diego County Wednesday and beyond. High temperatures were predicted to be 79 to 84 degrees near the coast, 84 to 89 degrees inland, 86 to 91 degrees in the western valleys, 82 to 87 degrees near the foothills, 72 to 81 degrees in the mountains and 83 to 88 degrees in the deserts.
"A high pressure ridge will continue over California for most of the coming week," according to the weather service. "The offshore flow and associated foothill breezes will be diminished the next few mornings, but the warm and dry air mass will remain in place."
Saturday is expected to be slightly cooler, but the high pressure ridge will rebound Sunday and Monday, again sending the mercury soaring. Forecasters
said temperatures would continue to be "way above average" Wednesday into early next week and they would be "probably recording the highest in the nation."
"Max temps will flirt with a few daily records Wednesday, Thursday and Monday," according to the weather service.
More seasonable conditions and a slight chance of rain are expected to return Wednesday of next week, according to the NWS.