- Posted September 15, 2012 by
San Diego, California
TRYING TO BEAT THE WHITE HOT HEAT in SAN DIEGO
OMG, is it ever HOT here in San Diego! Or as the San Diego Chargers would say, WHITE HOT!
KPBS.org warned us Friday to expect frying temperatures. "A heat wave is rolling into San Diego County, but the unusually warm weather should only stay a couple of days." That is what thought I am hanging on to as I get all the fans working on high.
"National Weather Service forecasters said September will live up to its reputation as one of the hottest months of the year in San Diego," noted KPBS. That actually is true, since September is when the Santa Ana desert winds usually start messing up your sinuses and drying your hair out.
"A high pressure system will push temperatures into the uncomfortable range on Friday and Saturday, according to forecasters," warned San Diego State's KPBS station. Uncomfortable is saying it nicely--it feels like the Lake of Fire--something I hope to never see otherwise!
"The beaches will be around the 80s," said Stephen Harrison, a National Weather Service meteorologist. "The coastal areas 85 to 95. The valleys will be 90s to 102 degrees. The inland empire 100s. And then the lower deserts 102 to 107 or so."
These temperatures may not seem that extreme to people living where it is chronically hot or very cold. But here in temperate coastal California, our ability to tolerate burning days is limited.
So I did what everyone else appeared to be doing. With traffic backed up on every exit to the beaches, it was apparent everyone had the same idea--cool off at the water's edge. I went to the beach too, but I know where to go where it is deserted or nearly enough to make it seem the whole beach belongs to you.
My son & I piled in the car with the boogey boards and heavy duty sunscreen. We both floated in the water, literally for hours--just trying to beat the heat! I froze up some water bottles and kept them in a cooler in the shade. We just ate grapes and apples and drank icy cold water when we emerged from the Pacific long enough to hydrate and fruitate.
It worked! When we hit the road, because he had to be at work, I realized--we beat the heat. On the way home, we stopped off at my favorite smoothie shop and got some refreshing juice drinks.
Right now I am sitting on my front porch under a canopy of shade trees with a slight breeze. There is just enough circulating air outdoors to stop a light perspiration. It's then I realize that this extreme heat is not so bad after all, as long as you can utilize extreme measures to counteract it.
This bizarrely blazing weekend comes after a few weeks of unusual Monsoon weather that had San Diego in a tempest of humidity, thanks to remnants of a hurricane from south of the border. The large cumulus clouds and thunderstorms in the mountains typically ends in August, and it is unusual for it to be here in September.
The biggest danger with this kind of weather is the threat it brings of wildfires.
Channel 6 News reported "there will be an elevated wildfire risk over the foothills and adjacent valleys in San Diego County," where the vegetation is dry "and local gusts of 25 to 35 miles per hour from the east are expected, mainly during the mid to late morning," according to an NWS advisory.
The NWS also advised those planning to be outdoors to stay hydrated and avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day, which in this case, is all day.
The "cooling will begin on Sunday and continue through early next week as high pressure aloft weakens and onshore flow increases," the advisory said.
I never thought I would look so much forward to getting that coastal fog bank back, as I do right now.