Temperatures are expected to skyrocket this weekend and next week as San Diego braces for excessive heat.
The National Weather Service (NWS) says an excessive heat watch will be in effect for parts of San Diego County, including valleys, mountains and deserts, from Sunday morning through next Thursday evening.
Communities that will feel the heat the most include: El Cajon; Santee; La Mesa; Poway; Pine Valley; Julian; Escondido; San Marcos; Lake Arrowhead; Big Bear.
According to the NWS, the heat wave will bring temperatures between 92 to 97 degrees in the mountains, 95 to 105 degrees in local valleys and 105 to 111 degrees in the high desert.
The warm weather could cause heat-related illness, especially in those partaking in strenuous outdoor activity. If you plan on spending time outside, reschedule activities to early morning or evening and wear loose fitting clothing. Also, drink plenty of water.
For a list of Cool Zones in San Diego County where you can go to beat the heat, click here.
Ahead of the heat wave, San Diego beaches began seeing high surf and rip currents Wednesday, expected to linger through Friday, decreasing slowly until then. The NWS says south and southwest-facing beaches could see waves between five and eight feet, while west-facing beaches see sets between three and five feet, with waves up to seven feet.
The NWS advises those visiting local beaches to obey all posted warning signs, be cautious while getting into the water and swim near lifeguard towers.