Residents urged to use 'cool zones' around San Diego as temperatures rise
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) - The start of a three-day heat wave brought triple-digit temperatures to parts of San Diego County Friday and prompted one San Diego library branch in Borrego Springs to extend its hours.
According to the National Weather Service, an excessive heat warning for the deserts took effect at 1 p.m. with temperatures topping 110 in some areas.
A less severe heat advisory for the mountains and valleys also took effect, with both scheduled to expire at 9 p.m. Monday.
The Borrego Springs Library is a "cool zone" and the county encouraged San Diegans to take advantage of these cool zones around the area.
They extended their hours until 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
The library is located at 587 Palm Canyon Drive.
In San Diego, weekend highs are expected to be in the 80s at the coastline, in the 90s a short distance inland and close to 100 in the valleys.
National Weather Service meteorologist Brandt Maxwell told City News Service that the temperatures should begin to moderate by Monday along the coast, and Tuesday for the rest of the region.
"Actually, it looks like most of next week will be pretty nice,'' Maxwell said.
"We'll have a lot more of the marine influence -- we'll probably have some low clouds and patchy fog coming back,'' Maxwell said. "Once you get to about Tuesday, we should be back to what people live here for, the good weather.''
The NWS and county health officials are reminding residents to take precautions against dehydration, heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses this weekend.