Encinitas, Carlsbad, Solana Beach and other north coastal San Diego communities are expected to broil just as much as the rest of the county as a holiday weekend heat wave settles in, prompting a warning from the National Weather Service.
Forecasters issued Excessive Heat Warnings on Friday, Sept. 4, from the coast to the deserts through Labor Day. Beach temperatures are predicted to hit upwards of 95 while coastal areas could reach 105.
A Red Flag Warning has also been issued for the inland valleys and mountains for wind gusts from the east of 30 to 40 mph. Humidity levels are predicted to be as low as 10%.
Saturday forecast maps from the National Weather Service’s San Diego office show Oceanside reaching 99 degrees and Escondido at 113 on Saturday. Similar temperatures are predicted for Sunday.
Despite the rising temperatures as of Friday, dense fog hugged portions of the beaches and coastal areas, the result of ocean air moving ashore over cooler water.
This Labor Day weekend Santa Ana is not all that uncommon in September, the National Weather Service noted, citing one that hit San Diego starting Sept. 4, 1988.
“Septembers are notorious for coastal and valley heat waves in SoCal, and Labor Day weekend of 1988 didn’t disappoint,” the Weather Service wrote on its history page, noting that San Diego’s temperature hit 107 degrees that day in addition to Santa Ana winds.
The Weather Service reminds residents to keep children and animals out of unattended vehicles, avoid strenuous activities, drink extra water and avoid alcohol and caffeine consumption, keep pets indoors and provide plenty of shade and water, and wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
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