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Another Heat Wave Takes Aim At San Diego County

This map of the U.S. shows a three- to six day temperature outlook, with forecasts for above average temperatures shown in red and below average shaded in blue. San Diego County, covered in dark red, is expected to experience a strong heat wave from March 26-28, 2015.
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This map of the U.S. shows a three- to six day temperature outlook, with forecasts for above average temperatures shown in red and below average shaded in blue. San Diego County, covered in dark red, is expected to experience a strong heat wave from March 26-28, 2015.

Another Heat Wave Takes Aim At San Diego County
Temperatures along the coast could reach 20 to 25 degrees above average, soaring to the 90-degree mark or higher on Thursday and Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

Hot and dry temperatures in San Diego County are expected to set in starting Thursday and continuing through Saturday as another ridge of high pressure and mild Santa Ana winds take hold.

Temperatures along the coast could reach 20 to 25 degrees above average, soaring to the 90-degree mark or higher on Thursday and Friday, according to the National Weather Service. Inland highs are expected to reach the mid-90s.

“A few areas over the lower deserts may see their first triple digit readings of the year by Saturday afternoon,” weather service forecasters posted on Facebook.

The forecast is almost a replay of last week when a three-day heat wave shattered previous daytime high temperatures by as much as 9 degrees at Lindbergh Field.

“Temperatures continue to dominate, and they are extreme,” said meteorologist Alex Tardy.

Drought conditions over San Diego County are expected to persist or intensify over the next three months.
U.S. Drought Monitor
Drought conditions over San Diego County are expected to persist or intensify over the next three months.

January was 4 degrees above average, and February was nearly 5 degrees above average. Rainfall at San Diego Lindbergh Field, the city's primary weather monitoring station, remains 4.07 inches below average for this period.

“We are expecting the rest of March to be dry with only the slight possibility of some precipitation toward the end of the month,” Tardy said.

Drought pressures are expected to increase through spring in San Diego County and across the state, according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.

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