March exits with summerlike temps along north San Diego coast


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It’s no April fool. A super-warm Wednesday closed out March with temperatures in the 80s in some spots along coastal North San Diego County and a record set in the inland areas, weather officials reported.

Encinitas hit 82 degrees March 31 as Santa Ana conditions brought above-average temperatures, clear skies and breezes throughout the San Diego region. The beach community was reporting temperatures of 72 to 68 by 8 p.m. Wednesday with a light east breeze. Vista recorded a record-breaking temperature of 89, topping 85 set 10 years ago to the day, according to the National Weather Service.

Power utility SDG&E reported wind gusts as high as 35 mph in Olivenhain by 10:50 a.m. Wednesday, according Weather Service reports.

Carlsbad and Solana Beach hit 84 degrees. Oceanside reached 80 and Escondido hit 87. San Marcos reached 86.

San Diego reached 88, breaking a record set in 1945 of 84, the Weather Service reported. Chula Vista also it 88, breaking a 2003 record of 86. Campo set a record high overnight temperature of 52, topping 46 set in 2010.

Forecasters predict temperatures will remain in the high 70s to 80s on Thursday with lighter winds and high clouds from a low-pressure system over northern Baja.

(Story updated 4/1/2020 at 12:30 a.m.)

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