San Diegans found many ways to stay cool as intense heat beat down on the region and much of Southern California Monday.
“Because we are so high temperature-wise and we are very, very dry that is why our fire danger is elevated today,” NBC 7 Meteorologist Jodi Kodesh said.
Temperatures in the desert peaked around 95 while the mountains saw temperatures in the low to mid-80s. Coastal communities saw temperatures in the 90s.
"It's like death hot. I don't know," said Evan Wagley of La Mesa. "All of those types of descriptive words."
While residents struggled to cope with the blazing hot weather, juice and ice cream sales rose. The high temperatures attracted some additional business to various shops.
"Sales probably go up by 25 percent," said Shari Newquist, the owner of The Yogurt Mill in El Cajon. "They're lined up to the parking lot, and we're working as fast as we can. It's a zoo in here on hot days."
Kodesh said the region will receive winds from the north and the east - what is described as a Santa Ana airflow. However, strong winds will not accompany the dry weather.
"I actually took my break a little earlier today than usual," said Christina Rodriguez, a worker at the Primo Santo Farm grocery store. "I came to my car and I turned on the AC for the whole break."
One couple, Cookie Johnson and her husband Bob Johnson, came to San Diego to get out of the sweltering heat in Ramona.
"It's our one indulgence that we like to have," said Bob.
Temperatures are expected to dip slightly Tuesday before the weather cools downs significantly toward the middle of the week.