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Heat wave sweeps across county for second day

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Heat-related rescue at Cowles Mt. Saturday. Photo credit: Dominic Garcia @DomCBS8 Heat-related rescue at Cowles Mt. Saturday. Photo credit: Dominic Garcia @DomCBS8
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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Record-setting, triple-digit temperatures were expected throughout much of San Diego County Saturday as day two of a summer heat wave bears down on the region.

The National Weather Service issued excessive heat warnings for mountain areas below 5,000 feet and the deserts until 8 p.m. Monday, saying highs Saturday and Sunday would be 100 to 105 degrees in the mountains and 115 to 122 degrees in the deserts.

"Exceedingly high temperatures can cause heat-related illness or death," the NWS said. "Those working or playing outdoors, the elderly, the young and those with existing health conditions, as well as those without air conditioning, are most vulnerable."

The excessive heat warning does not extend into the valleys, though the weather service said highs in the western valleys would be 90 to 95 degrees Saturday and 91 to 96 degrees tomorrow. Near the foothills, highs are expected to be 100 to 105 degrees Saturday and 98 to 103 degrees tomorrow.

Coastal areas, however, offered some relief from the heat wave. The National Weather Service said temperatures in coastal areas would top out this weekend in the high 70s to low 80s near the beaches and in the high 80s to low 90s inland.

Also at the beaches, a southerly swell was causing dangerous rip currents and above-normal surf through this evening, especially along south-facing beaches, according to the National Weather Service.

In addition to the beaches, residents can beat the heat by taking advantage of San Diego County's free Cool Zones program.

The county, along with San Diego Gas and Electric, offers more than 100 public places for seniors and low-income families to enjoy free air conditioning as the summer heats up. The locations are marked by a blue sign with a polar bear symbol. Most of them are at libraries, senior centers and recreation centers.

Cooler temperatures are expected through the county next week.

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