Ocean water temperature sets new record high for 3rd time this week

SAN DIEGO — The sea surface temperature hit 79.4 degrees late Sunday at San Diego’s Scripps Pier — the highest reading in the pier’s 102 year history. And it could be pushed higher by a heat wave that’s about to settle over San Diego County.

This is the third time in less than one week that the there’s been a new all-time high at the pier, which is used for scientific research by UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

The record-breaking began on Wednesday when the temperature reach 78.6. On Friday, it hit 78.8, followed by Sunday’s 79.4. The readings are taken by an automated sensor.

The sea surface temperature at Solana Beach hit 80 on Sunday, and 76 at Mission Bay.

Scripps scientists say the unusual warming along the San Diego County coastline this summer might stem from residual warmth from the last El Nino, and reflect the climate change that is occurring around the planet.

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