Weekend Sees Cooler Weather

Cool weather came, but higher temperatures remain

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    San Diego has experienced record setting temperatures for what has seemed like an eternity, but the weather cooled down Saturday evening.

    This past week alone brought eight record highs across the county.

    Saturday evening, Escondido, Alpine, and Ramona all saw higher temperatures than usual.

    However, the heat did let up, giving residents a much needed break.

    "Tonight is much better than last week," said Spring Valley resident, Tim Faville. "Last week was awful. Reminds me why I left Phoenix."

    More than just causing discomfort, the weather sparked a thunderstorm warning Saturday in the Ramona area that lasted until 4:15 p.m.

    Radar indicated that the storm was capable of producing quarter size hail and damaging winds up to 60 miles per hour.

    Higher temperatures have been a nuisance to local businesses as well.

    "Here at the Waterfront it's definitely knocked us down just a bit," said Waterfront employee, Phil Alvarez.

    "We've not noticed so much that our doors are closing, but obviously the heat is going to keep almost anybody from going outside and not really wanting to be out there," Alvarez added.

    Meanwhile, pet owners have been encouraged to be on heightened alert due to the risk of dehydration and heat stroke to their animals.

    "Many of these cases could be prevented through vigilance and reduced outdoor activity," said veterinarian Dr. Juan Pablo Romero. "Pets can become dehydrated even on overcast days that are not 'hot'. Vigilance and early intervention are key to preventing more serious health problems."

    Looking ahead to the coming week, the forecast includes partly cloudy days and high temperatures in the 70s.