San Diegans crowd Ocean Beach on a summer morning.
San Diegans crowd Ocean Beach on a summer morning. File photo by Chris Stone

A heat wave will continue through the weekend in San Diego County, bringing scorching temperatures to the deserts.

Highs on Saturday will be 76 to 81 near the coast, 84 to 89 inland, 88 to 93 in the western valleys, 93 to 102 in the mountains, and 113 to 118 in the deserts

A high pressure system moving in from the east will keep the heat on until Tuesday, when temperatures in inland areas are expected to cool off, according to the local office of the National Weather Service. Temperatures in the mountains and deserts will remain hot for another day, then begin dropping on Wednesday.

“Strong high pressure over the Southwest will bring an extended period of hot weather to inland parts of Southern California through early next week,” the weather service said.

No monsoonal moisture is expected with the system, but humid conditions could return early next week, forecasters said.

The deserts could see highs of 118 on Sunday and 117 on Monday as the heat wave continues, while temperatures in inland valley areas are expected to remain in the low 90s throughout the period.

Weather service officials urged residents to drink plenty of fluids and check on elderly relatives and neighbors, especially those without air conditioning.

Chris Jennewein

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