High winds, hot weather to last through Monday

Strong Santa Ana winds whipped across San Diego County Sunday, prompting a utility company to shut off power to about 2,500 customers as a precaution and making play more challenging at the Farmers Insurance Open in Torrey Pines.

The winds help push temperatures to record levels in Vista, Oceanside Harbor and El Cajon, and tied records in Chula Vista and Ramona. San Diego International Airport reported a high of 82 — 18 degrees above average.

The National Weather Service says the Santa Anas will return early Monday, gusting 40 mph to 50 mph in places like Alpine and Ramona, and 20 mph or higher along the coast. A red flag fire weather warning will be in place until Monday afternoon.

Monday’s daytime high is expected to reach 83 degrees at San Diego International Airport, and the upper 80s to low 90s across some inland valleys and foothills.

The winds arrived in force early Sunday, gusting to 89 mph at Sill Hill, a remote peak in East County, while hitting 63 mph in Alpine, along eastern Interstate 8. Winds gusted up to 28 mph on the bluffs of Torrey Pines early Sunday on the last full day of the golf tournament.

With high winds in the forecast, San Diego Gas & Electric Co. shut down power to 2,500 homes and businesses in several North and East County communities as a precaution.

About 500 customers in communities near Lake Wohlford and Valley Center also were without power for weather-related reasons. The utility company was investigating another outage that left an additional 650 customers in the same areas without power.

The winds, combined with high temperatures and low humidity, elevated the wildfire danger countywide. The danger also was influenced by dry conditions.

Since the rainy season began on Oct. 1, San Diego International Airport has received only 1.87 inches of precipitation, which is roughly three inches below average.

Sunday’s high reached 89 in Vista, breaking the record for January 28th by five degrees. The record was set in 1957. Oceanside Harbor hit 87, breaking the record of 81, set in 1909. El Cajon reached 86, breaking the record of 84, set in 1979.

Chula Vista and Ramona both hit 79, each tying records set in 1918 and 1974, respectively.

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