San Diego Swelters As Heat Wave Strengthens
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Inland areas of San Diego County, including Ramona and Alpine, are expected to reach the 100-degree mark by lunchtime Thursday as a heatwave intensifies and bears down on the region.
Coastal communities are expected to peak near 90 degrees, and mountain regions will soar to the mid-90s, with a chance of afternoon thunderstorms. Desert temperatures will hover near 110.
How To Stay Safe During A Heat Wave
Avoid strenuous outdoor activity
Drink plenty of water
Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing
Wear a hat to shield yourself from the sun
Use sunscreen to reduce possible sunburn
Stay in air conditioning and shade if possible
Never leave children or pets in enclosed vehicles, even briefly
Source: National Weather Service
The soaring temperatures -- the result of a strong ridge of high pressure anchored over the county -- are expected to stay put through Friday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
A cooling trend will begin on Saturday with temperatures dropping approximately 10 degrees, according to NWS.
NWS is advising people to drink plenty of fluids and avoid strenuous outdoor activity.
Schools throughout the county have “hot weather” plans in place including changes to daily schedules and limited physical education activities. San Diego Unified School District alternates locations for instruction.
"Students in non-air-conditioned portable facilities may be merged with other classes in air-conditioned buildings, such as media centers, cafeterias or auditoriums," stated school officials.
San Diego County has designated 100 Cool Zones sites to provide air-conditioned settings and relief when temperatures are hot.