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Week begins with record heat; rain on the way

SAN DIEGO - The summer-like heat spell will stick around for most of the week, but there is a chance for mid-week rain, FOX 5 meteorologist Jason Handman said Monday.

Record temperatures attract thousands to San Diego beaches

San Diego lifeguards have been on alert this holiday weekend as big crowds, high surf and record temperatures hit San Diego beaches.

No matter what beach in San Diego everyone was soaking in the sunshine, the surf and sand in the 80 degree temperatures.  At Ocean Beach, the high surf advisory has come and gone, but waves rolled in at 3 to 6 feet.

Anthony Flinn and his kids drove in from Rancho San Diego.

“It’s beautiful it’s perfect. Ideal day,” said Flinn.

Erica Swick and her family made a special trip from Alpine. Swick says it was worth the 50 minute drive and the parking nightmare to be able to stick her toes in the ocean.

“No better place to be in February for sure. Where else do you get to experience this kind of weather in February?” said Swick. "We have above average temps and everybody else is freezing back east."

“It’s beautiful in San Diego when the weather is nice people come out in droves to the San Diego beaches," said San Diego lifeguard Lt. Andy Lerum.

Over the course of the entire weekend, lifeguards said they’ve been busy with rescues, providing medical aid and helping to prevent possible water emergencies.

"The last three days have been off the charts busy, unseasonably busy due to the weather and the crowds. We brought on additional staff," Lerum said. "The surf has been elevated all three days, it’s on its way down but it’s still big enough to move those rip currents.”

President’s Day weekend is usually the first weekend of the year lifeguards are at full staffing.