Fall has descended upon San Diego but instead of bringing warm-toned leaves and crisp Autumn air, the season is starting with a heat wave gripping the region.
Temperatures will begin warming up on the first day of Fall, Sept. 22, and will continue to increase through next week when temperatures will be 10 to 15 degrees above average for most of the county.
"We have a bit of a hot stretch going on for the next several days. Even though it's the start of fall, it's going to feel more like summer around here," NBC 7 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen said. "High pressure is setting up to our east giving us more of the offshore flow into the weekend, so we're going to be hotter. And, into early next week, that looks like the hottest."
Starting Thursday, temperatures will be a few degrees warmer each day until next Monday and Tuesday -- the hottest days of this heat wave. Along the coast, that means temperatures in the upper-80s. Inland, temperatures will reach the low 90s. And, in the mountains and deserts, temperatures will peak in the high-80s and the mid-100s respectively.
Temperatures will begin to subside by the middle of next week but don't expect those fall-like conditions to get here anytime soon.
The fall season starts at 6:04 p.m. on Thursday.