Five cities in San Diego County set record high temperatures Saturday amid continuing hot, dry weather in the middle of winter.
“It was so hot today that nine record highs were broken or tied today,” the National Weather Service office in San Diego reported.
The weather service reported the following records for this date in February:
- Chula Vista at 93 degrees, breaking the 2015 record high of 87 degrees
- San Diego at 91, breaking the 2015 record of 86
- Vista at 90, breaking the 2015 record of 87
- Escondido at 90, breaking the 1971 record of 89
- Ramona at 85, breaking the 2016 record of 83
Records were also set in the nearby mountain town of Idyllwild, and records were tied in El Cajon, Riverside and Anaheim.
The unusually hot weather was predicted to continue Sunday, along with weak to moderate Santa Ana winds, the weather service said. A heat advisory remains in effect through Sunday for the coast and valleys.
Highs on Sunday were forecast to be 80 to 85 near the coast, 88 inland, 86 to 91 in the western valleys, 80 to 85 near the foothills, 69 to 76 in the mountains and around 85 in the deserts.
A change in the weather pattern next week was expected to bring onshore flow and cooler weather, along with strong westerly winds over the mountains, deserts and coastal waters Tuesday. There is also a chance of some light precipitation.
Temperatures on Tuesday were expected to cool 15 to 20 degrees from Monday, with highs only in the upper 50s to 60s for the lower elevations.
At the beaches, northwest winds were expected to rapidly increase late Monday into Tuesday while northwesterly swell also builds, favoring hazardous seas and elevated surf for the beaches of San Diego County. Enhanced risks for rip currents appear likely at this time.