Scorching temperatures break records in East County

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SAN DIEGO - Afternoon temperatures in some parts of East San Diego County broke records at 100 degrees or higher, according to the National Weather Service.

The town of Campo hit 106, while El Cajon recorded a temperature of 104, and both Chula Vista and Escondido thermometers rose to 103, said Brant Maxwell, a NWS meteorologist.

Most of San Diego County experienced a heat wave Sunday, with temps ranging in the low 80s and higher depending on the region.

In related news, the California Independent Systems Operator has announced a Flex Alert from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to conserve energy, as a way to avoid "brownouts.''

People are encouraged to turn off all unnecessary lights and not use any major appliances until after 9 p.m.

While it's hot today, Johnson said county residents can expect even higher temps Monday -- the first official day of summer -- because of an extreme high-pressure system passing over the Western United States.

The extreme heat began Saturday and a National Weather Service excessive heat warning was to remain in place until 8 p.m. Wednesday.

"The main message of our excessive heat watch is to get ready for the heat, particularly away from the coast Sunday through Tuesday,'' according to the NWS.

Daily high temperatures are predicted to range from 90 to 96 degrees in the mountains to 95 to 100 degrees in the valleys to 110 to 120 degrees in the deserts.

And the public was advised to avoid potentially serious heat-related ailments by staying well-hydrated, avoiding unnecessary outdoor labor and checking on neighbors and relatives -- especially those with health conditions and who lack air conditioning.

The heat was expected to break toward the middle of next week, according to the NWS.