Temperatures set records in East County

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Hot TempsSAN DIEGO – Record-setting high temperatures were recorded Saturday in Alpine and El Cajon, and San Diego County is in store for more warm and dry weather through the rest of the weekend, forecasters said.

Alpine’s high Saturday was 83, beating the previous record of 80 degrees that was set March 15, 2004, according to the National Weather Service.

In El Cajon, Saturday’s high of 87 topped the 84 degrees recorded 14 years ago.

Officials with the weather service expect high pressure and offshore winds to continue to cause temperatures 10 to 20 degrees above average west of the mountains on Sunday.

In the valleys, highs could reach 90 degrees on Sunday.

Temperatures in the low to mid-80s are expected in the deserts, and in the 70s with gusty winds in the mountains.

Inland, temperatures are forecast to be up to 89 degrees Sunday.

High temperatures along the San Diego County coastline are expected to be 78-83 degrees Sunday.

Strong rip currents and elevated surf are also expected along the coast this weekend and into Monday, according to the NWS.

Forecasters said a long-period northwest swell would build Sunday afternoon, bringing larger waves to the beaches south of Del Mar.

Five-foot sets are expected south of Del Mar on Sunday.

Weather service forecasters warned beachgoers that dangerous swimming conditions were possible.

Swimmers were advised to obey warning signs and flags, speak with a lifeguard before heading into the water and to stay near lifeguards.

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