Friday’s warming trend could bring record-breaking temperatures to San Diego County as parts of the region face an elevated fire threat coupled with a wind advisory.
Vista and El Cajon set new record highs on Thursday, while Chula Vista tied its previous high for the date, according to the National Weather Service. On Thursday, Vista and El Cajon reached 89, both besting their previous highs of 88, set in 2014 and 2009, respectively.
Chula Vista reached 83 on Thursday, tying its record high for the date in 2009.
Unseasonably warm temperatures will make Friday hotter than Thursday with the possibility of breaking records. Here are some areas that may get record-breaking temperatures on Friday:
- San Diego International Airport – Record: 82; Forecast: 84
- Ramona – Record: 83; Forecast: 88
- La Mesa – Record: 84; Forecast: 87
- Escondido – Record: 87; Forecast: 87
An area of high pressure to our northeast is fueling an offshore flow that’s warming our county, according to NBC 7 meteorologist Sheena Parveen.
“It’s causing some red flag warnings and also wind advisories for Southern California,” Parveen explained. “For San Diego County, we have a wind advisory for the inland valleys, foothills and mountains until 2 p.m., so we’re going to see a gusty offshore wind until at least half the day.”
Winds in areas under the advisory are expected to be from 25 to 35 mph, with isolated gusts in mountain passes having the potential to blow at up to 65 mph.
San Diego Gas & Electric said on its website early Friday that several East County communities are considered at-risk of potentially losing power to forced shutoffs if weather conditions become severe. By 2:30 p.m., however, that warning had since been removed.
The heat will continue through the weekend, followed by an incoming system that has potential to bring light showers to our region early next week.
Meanwhile, the beaches were experience elevated surf due to a series of storms in the Pacific. A Beach Hazards Statement was expected to go into effect late Saturday and remain in effect through Tuesday, with the highest swells on Sunday and Tuesday.
When a beach hazards statement is in effect, strong rip currents and elevated waves have the potential to create dangerous swimming and surfing conditions.
In anticipation, San Diego Lifeguards added extra staff to their lineup for the weekend. The agency recommends surfers and swimmers check with a lifeguard before hitting the waves.
The NWS said surf would be between three to five feet with some sets reaching 7 feet, potentially higher.