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SAN DIEGO – “It’s too hot! The humidity, it’s killing me. It’s killing everybody,” Toni Blackman said.

The Orange County resident was visiting San Diego for the weekend and said the heat was just unbearable. But she managed to find ways to stay cool down while in town.

“Enough of this,” she said. “We just try to hydrate as much as possible with coconut water and herbal tea, drinking lots of ice water,” Blackman said.

She and others flocked to local beaches Saturday. Pacific Beach was packed, not only because of the high temperatures but thanks to Pacific Beach’s annual BeachFest. Festival vendors handed out fans and sold water to attendees.

With so many people visiting from out of town, San Diego lifeguard Sgt. Bob Albers warned swimmers to stay where a lifeguard could see them and ask lifeguards about the water.

“We’re already seeing the beginnings of a south swell and they’re predicting 3-5 foot sets bigger. Yesterday, we had 10 foot faces,” Sgt. Albers said.

Lifeguard numbers are around their lowest this time of year, but with a heat wave coupled with stronger waves, Sgt. Albers said they had to call in seasonal lifeguards to man towers that would typically be empty in October.

While some braved the waves to cool off, others stuck to land, turning to handheld fans and water bottles to beat the heat.

One woman even took her dog for a ride in the basket of her bike so her pup wouldn't have to walk around on such a hot day.

"And at home I have fans on her because because I don't have air conditioning and I just give her a lot of water," Nancy Rosenfeld said.

As a father played with his two-year-old son, he said they walked through shallow water, but enjoyed playing in the showers along the beach.

He took extra precaution to make sure his toddler stayed hydrated and safe in the sun.

“Lots of sunblock, hat and the rash guard to keep the sun off his skin,” Kasey Webster said.

The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory through 8 p.m. Saturday, citing strong high pressure.

“A strong high pressure ridge over the West Coast will continue with very hot weather and low humidity values through the weekend. Valley and foothill temperatures will exceed 100 degrees with highs in the 90s in many coastal areas. Cooler weather will slowly develop early next week,” according to the National Weather Service.

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