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High heat continues in San Diego County deserts, valleys

A high heat advisory sign is shown at Iron Mountain trailhead in Poway, Nov. 22, 2017.
Megan Burks
A high heat advisory sign is shown at Iron Mountain trailhead in Poway, Nov. 22, 2017.

Extreme heat will continue in inland San Diego County this week, with highs potentially hitting 122 degrees Wednesday in some areas, forecasters said, and record-setting temperatures already reported in some areas.

It was 100 in Ramona on Tuesday, breaking the record for the day of 98 set in 1995. It was 106 in Campo, breaking the record for the day of 105 set in 2002.

In Lake Cuyamaca, the low was 76 on Tuesday, breaking the record for highest minimum temperature for the day of 68 set in 1985.


Resources for staying cool during hot weather

An excessive heat warning remained in effect for desert areas until at least 9 p.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

Desert and mountain conditions will include clear and sunny skies, with highs in the upper 90s and triple digits throughout the week.

Officials advised people to "drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air- conditioned room, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors."

Heat warnings also apply to furry companions as well. San Diego County officials advised residents to keep their pets indoors, so long as the temperature is lower inside. People should also:

  • exercise animals in early morning or evening to avoid prolonged exposure to the heat, and also skip strenuous runs or hikes;
  • keep pets' water supply in a tip-proof container, and make sure the dish always topped off and stays cool (as pets won't drink water that is too hot);
  • if possible, install a misting system to keep outdoor areas cooler;
  • be sure animals, if they are outside, are constantly in a shaded area;
  • avoid taking pets on car trips without air-conditioning unless necessary, as a vehicle can quickly heat up (on an 85-degree day, a car can reach 102 degrees in 10 minutes, even with the windows down);
  • avoid walking dogs on hot pavement; and
  • allow dogs to use a child's wading pool.

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