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Record-breaking heat scorches San Diego County

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SAN DIEGO (CNS/NEWS 8) - A record-breaking heat wave swept into San Diego Friday, with the hot weather expected to continue into the weekend, while Hurricane Fabio continues to cause strong rip currents and hazardous swimming conditions at county beaches.

The National Weather Service issued a one-day excessive-heat warning for San Diego County that will remain in effect until 9 p.m.

San Diego reached a record of high of 96 degrees Friday, shattering the record for a July 6 of 83 degrees, set in 2014. Vista broke the 1998 record of 90 degrees by reaching 101. Records were also set in Chula Vista, which reached 96 degrees; Escondido, which reached 112; Ramona, 115; Alpine, 109; and El Cajon, 112.

Meanwhile, high surf from Hurricane Fabio off Baja California was creating strong rip currents and hazardous swimming conditions along the coast.

The NWS placed San Diego County beaches under a high surf advisory, which will continue until 9 p.m.

An increase in moisture will bring the area a slight chance of isolated thunderstorms through Saturday, with the highest chance in the mountains.

Authorities urged the public to avoid potential health hazards resulting from the extreme heat by drinking plenty of non-alcoholic fluids, seeking out shady and/or air-conditioned environments and checking up on relatives and neighbors to make sure they are handling the heat all right.

For those in need of relief from the heat and are without air-conditioning, residents are also urged to use designated Cool Zones around the county.

Cool Zones are designated, air-conditioned buildings that residents can go beat the heat in for free. There are more than 115 air-conditioned spots throughout San Diego that will provide much needed relief from soaring temperatures.

In addition, young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles during hot weather, when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes, according to the NWS.

A cooling trend is expected to begin Saturday and slowly cause temperatures to drop heading into next week, the NWS reported.

List of San Diego County Cool Zones 2018:

While the cool zones are open only during regular business hours there are several that have weekend hours.

To find one near you click here for a listing that includes times and addresses or click here for an interactive map.

If you cannot get to a Cool Zone, county officials suggest you, stay hydrated, never leave anyone in a closed vehicle, check on loved ones and neighbors, rest often and protect yourself from the sun.

For more information call the county at 800-339-4661.


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