San Diego County forecast this week: Hot, humid, cloudy

San Diego County continued to swelter, melt and burn Saturday with record-breaking heat for the second day.

Areas with record highs for July 7:

Escondido, at 109 degrees, topped the 1910 high of 103. Ramona hit 108, above the 2017 high of 102. Alpine hit 107, compared to the 1957 record of 103. And El Cajon’s 97 tied its prior 1985 record.

At the same time, clouds piled up across East County and let loose with some scattered sprinkles and rain. Palomar Observatory recorded 0.56 of an inch of rain. Alpine, where a 500-acre fire continues to smolder, saw 0.14 of an inch and Pine Valley, 0.04.

Lyons Peak got a smattering 0.03 of an inch of rain and Harbison Canyon 0.01.

The National Weather Service calls for a slight cooling, with sea breezes on Monday and a fair chance of rain by Tuesday and Wednesday.

Even so, the county forecast for the next several days can be summarized in three words: hot, humid, cloudy.

Coastal areas will hit about 85 on Sunday and inland valleys about 97. Mountain temperatures will reach 90, and the desert 112. All areas will be a few degrees cooler each day through the week.

The following week should see a return to average July temperatures, the weather service said.

pauline.repard@sduniontribune

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