Dangerous Heat in Forecast for Deserts, Inland Valleys

Lightning will be of concern, as dry lightning could occur

Desert temperatures will soar to dangerous heights over the next several days, prompting the National Weather Service to issue an excessive heat watch.

A watch is issued when the risk of heat related illnesses become elevated, and when temperatures are abnormally high. It will be in effect from 10 a.m. Friday through 8 p.m. Sunday.

Each day through Saturday, San Diego County mountains have a slight chance of a pop-up thunderstorm. Lightning will be of concern, as dry lightning could occur.

Cities like Borrego Springs and Ocotillo Wells are expected to reach 112-115 degrees. Added humidity will make it feel even worse.

“Anyone who lives in, or will be traveling to the deserts this week needs to be very careful,” warned NBC 7 Meteorologist Jodi Kodesh. “In these high temperatures and humidity, the body cannot adequately cool itself. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke will be of major concern.”

Children, elderly and pregnant women are most susceptible to heat related illnesses.

Even our inland valleys will climb to dangerous heights, well above average. By Saturday and Sunday, cities like Escondido and El Cajon will climb to around 96 degrees. With added humidity, it will feel like triple digit heat.

People are urged to limit their time outside, and reschedule strenuous activities. Stay hydrated and wear light, loose fitting clothing. Air conditioning is a must, and those without it are urged to seek a cool zone.

Beach temperatures will be in the low 80’s through the weekend.
Temperatures will begin to cool, Monday.

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