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Weekend heat wave expected to crowd beaches

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Warmer than usual temperatures are expected to bring large crowds to San Diego beaches this weekend.

Temperatures may reach the upper 80s to mid 90s in inland areas, with coastal temperatures expected in the upper 70s to low 80s. It's the second heat wave to hit San Diego in the last two weeks.

People who flock to the coast to beat the heat will also have to cope with high surf and powerful rip currents, meteorologists said Thursday. Waves are expected to reach three to five feet with occasional six-foot sets.

``A long-period south swell will move into the coastal waters early Friday and will continue through Saturday,'' according to the National Weather Service. '`South-facing beaches will get the highest surf, but all beaches will get some strong rip currents and long-shore currents through the weekend.''

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