Santa Ana winds Thursday whipped through the San Diego area for a second straight day amid bright skies and summer-like warmth that set several local temperature records.
By early afternoon, the blustery conditions had resulted in gusts that topped out at 45 mph to 55 mph in the county’s most wind-prone locations, according to the National Weather Service, which kept a wind advisory in effect until noon for the local mountains and valleys.
The accompanying warm spell, the NWS reported, led to a record-high temperature in the city of San Diego, where the maximum thermometer reading of 84 degrees topped the former milestone mark of 83 for Thursday’s date, set in 1883.
The same result happened in Oceanside (78 degrees, exceeding 76, set in 1980) and El Cajon (85, surpassing 84, also 1980). Escondido tied its prior Feb. 27 record-high of 86, set in 1926.
Temperatures were expected to cool slightly on Friday, then drop further over the weekend, with an incoming storm system likely to arrive as early as Saturday night and bring a chance of rain through Monday, forecasters reported.
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