Unsafe heat wave enters Southland; Triple-digit temps, health and wild fire risks

During the time of the warning, prolonged exposure to these temperatures will increase the risk of heat related illnesses, particularly for vulnerable populations.

Southern California Monday enters the worst part of a risky heat wave expected to linger through most of the week, bringing triple-digit temperatures to many areas while increasing health risks and the risk of wildfires.

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An excessive heat warning goes into effect Sunday morning as temperatures continue to rise across the Southland, creating an "elevated fire danger" that will extend into next week, according to forecasters. Highs in El Cajon and Escondido are expected to reach 102, which would match the records in both cities for the date.

"Any place inland will see triple digit heat today and at least until Wednesday", said Kurt Kaplan with the National Weather Service. They attribute the heat wave to a strong upper-level high-pressure system over the region combined with weakening onshore flow.

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Temperatures are expected to climb even further as the week progresses, with highs of over 100 predicted for some inland areas. An excessive heat warning has been issued for much of the Central Valley through Monday evening. Chula Vista is forecast to reach 95 degrees, one degree above the record for the date and 20 degrees above average, while Ramona is forecast to hit 108 degrees, besting the previous August 29 high of 105.

The heat wave comes just days after many San Diego County cities saw record low temperatures during a week that was unseasonably cool and cloudy.

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The National Weather Service is forecasting highs of 108 in Fresno and 109 in Bakersfield. Take precautions to avoid heat illness.

  • Ryan Wade