Heat wave set to bake the county

SAN DIEGO -- San Diego County again will face extreme heat much of this week, beginning Monday, the National Weather Service said.

Forecasters said a high pressure system moving over Southern California was expected to draw in an extended period of hot weather, with the peak of the sweltering conditions to occur Tuesday and Wednesday.

It prompted the NWS to issue an excessive heat warning for most of Southern California between 10 a.m. Monday and 8 p.m. Thursday.

It appears the upcoming heat wave won't be as brutal as the one that sent temperatures well into the 110s in inland areas just two weeks ago.

Daytime highs were predicted to peak in the 100s on Tuesday and Wednesday in the inland valleys before dropping back into the 90s.

The immediate coast was expected to flirt with the 80 degree mark, but not much higher.

The desert northeastern corner of San Diego County will continue to see high temperatures, reaching a climax of 115 degrees on Wednesday.

A list of "cool zones" for residents to escape the heat can be found here.