Temperatures 10 degrees above normal on Thursday sent many San Diegans
in search of air-conditioning as East County residents braced for
possible thunderstorms and even flooding.
At 3 p.m. the National Weather Service reported temperatures of 82 degrees at Lindbergh Field and 79 degrees in Imperial Beach.
forecast called for highs of 82 to 87 degrees near the coast, and 92 to
97 inland. Temperatures will be one or two degrees lower on Friday.
National Weather Service Western region headquarters in San Diego said
strong thunderstorms over the mountains this afternoon are
capable of producing heavy rain, small hail, and gusty outflow winds.
Flash flooding is
also possible, the weather service said, especially over recently burned areas.
warning affected Julian, Santa Ysabel, Campo, Pine Valley, Descanso,
Warner Springs and other areas of East County. Highways 78 and 79 as
well as Interstate 8 could be affected.