Get ready for a hot, windy weekend, San Diego

Temperatures will soar nearly 20 degrees above average late this weekend across San Diego County and dry, Santa Ana winds are expected, raising the specter of wildfires.

A high pressure system building along the West Coast will push daytime highs into the upper 60s and possibly low 70s on Friday and Saturday in San Diego. Inland valleys and foothills will be about 10 degrees warmer, says the National Weather Service.

The heat wave takes hold on Sunday. San Diego will hit 83, and inland areas will reach the upper 80s and low 90s.

“It’s going to be really warm Sunday through Tuesday,” said James Brotherton, a weather service forecaster. “Then temperatures will go down, but they’ll still be above normal. And it’ll be dry. We don’t see any rain through next week.”

Brotherton said Santa Ana winds will pick up on Saturday, blowing in the 20s and 30s inland. The winds will accelerate on Sunday, hitting 40 to 50 mph in places like Alpine and Ramona, and areas east of Escondido.

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