San Diego Swelters in Record-Breaking Heat

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    Toasty temperatures are in store for San Diego County Thursday.

    People along the coast will see between 80 and 90 degree heat. Inland communities will see triple-digit heat, according to meteorologist Jodi Kodesh.

    Morning Forecast 10/13

    [DGO] Morning Forecast 10/13
    Jodi Kodesh has the forecast for Thursday, October 13, 2011. (Published Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011)

    Several heat records were broken across San Diego County on Wednesday:

    • Chula Vista reached 95 degrees, breaking a previous record of 92 set back in 1991.
    • El Cajon reached 104 degrees, breaking a previous record of 97 set back in 1999.
    • Vista reached 99 degrees, breaking a previous record of 95 set back in 1983.
    • Ramona reached 101 degrees, breaking a previous record of 96 set back in 1999.
    • Alpine reached 97 degrees, breaking a previous record of 95 set back in 1999.

    High Temps Increase Fire Danger

    [DGO] High Temps Increase Fire Danger
    Wednesday's high temperatures had San Diego fire officials on high alert. (Published Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011)

    With record-breaking heat and Santa Ana conditions, the weather is ripe for wildfires.

    Fire crews responded to a small fire near the San Diego Safari Park in Escondido Wednesday. The park, formerly known as the Wild Animal Park, was not threatened.

    A three acre fire also burned Wednesday evening off Highway 94 near the Border Patrol Check point in the Otay lakes area.

    CAL Fire is in a heightened state of alert with extra people on staff just in case disaster strikes.
    Mayor Sanders is asking for San Diegans to be vigilant about creating 100 feet of defensible space around their homes.

    “It's not only common sense, it's the law,” said Sanders earlier this week.

    On Thursday, we will see the return on the onshore flow (or sea breeze) and a thin marine layer will be noticeable Friday morning. This will cool us off nicely, with temperatures at the beaches returning to upper 70s. Inland cities will drop from triple digits to near 90.

    The cool down will continue through the weekend.

    Saturday and Sunday, early morning clouds and fog will quickly be replaced by sunny skies and mild, more fall-like temperatures: 70s coastal, 80s inland.