Hot weather to ease on Tuesday but temperatures to stay above average

For a second straight day, offshore winds pushed temperatures into the 90s across inland valleys and foothills and into the 80s at the coast on Tuesday, elevating the risk of wildfires in what has been a very dry winter to date.

The National Weather Service says that San Diego, which hit 81 on Monday, will moderate to 79 on Tuesday and 74 on Wednesday as the sea breeze returns.

“But the temperatures will still be a few degrees above normal for the rest of the week,” said Steve Harrison, a weather service forecast.

Monday’s hot spots included San Marcos, at 91, Vista, at 90, Miramar and Poway at 89, Escondido and Brown Field at 88, and Carlsbad and Encinitas at 85. Alpine was 83 — cooler than the day before, due to a decline in the wind. San Diego International was 82, or 17 degrees above average.

Freeman says the offshore winds are fading away, but the region will retain a lot of warmth because high pressure is currently preventing winter storms from dipping into Southern California. San Diego’s high is expected to be 68 on Super Bowl Sunday. Mild weather will prevail across the county.

Since the rainy season began on October 1st, San Diego International has recorded 1.87 inches of precipitation, which is three inches below averages. A series of high pressure systems have been preventing winter storms from dropping into Southern California.

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