A warm sunrise in the San Diego County back country. Photo courtesy SDG&E

Updated at 6:50 p.m. Feb. 11, 2016:

For a fourth straight day, a spell of unseasonable warmth pushed temperatures to record-breaking heights Thursday in the San Diego area.

This afternoon’s local milestone mercury readings included 84 degrees in San Diego, topping the former Feb. 11 high mark of 83, set in 1988; and 86 in Borrego, exceeding the prior record of 84, set in 2008, according to the National Weather Service.

El Cajon and Ramona, meanwhile, measured maximum thermometer readings — 87 and 83 degrees, respectively — that tied their previous records for the date.

This month’s start has been the warmest since 1963 — but not by much. In early February of 2015, average temperatures were only about 1.4 degrees lower than this year, and highs in the 80s or beyond stretched over four days.

The ridge of high pressure responsible for the swelter should weaken slightly Friday and Saturday, according to meteorologists. Somewhat cooler conditions are expected to result, though temperatures will remain above the norm.

Gusty Santa Ana winds are in the forecast for Sunday and Monday as temperatures rebound back into record-breaking territory.

A modest cooling trend is expected to kick in late next week, the NWS reported.

Unseasonably warm weather is expected to push temperatures into record-breaking territory again Thursday in San Diego County.

–City News Service

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.