Forecast highs on Wednesday
Forecast highs on Wednesday. Courtesy National Weather Service

It may still be mid-winter, but it will almost feel like summer in San Diego this week with high temperatures 15 to 20 degrees above normal.

The National Weather Service office in San Diego said the “unusually warm temperatures for February” are due to a strong high-pressure system off the Pacific Northwest coast.

“High temperatures each afternoon Wednesday through Sunday will be well above seasonal normals,” the weather service said.

Highs locally on Wednesday will be 77 to 82 near the coast, 85 inland, 83 to 88 in the western valleys, 77 to 82 near the foothills, 66 to 73 in the mountains and 81 to 86 in the deserts.

It will be even hotter in Orange and Riverside counties, where an excessive heat watch is in effect and temperatures could top 90.

Santa Ana winds will blow throughout the week, peaking on Thursday morning and causing elevated fire conditions.

But next week will be a return to typical Southern California winter, with even a chance of showers.

Chris Jennewein

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