Welcome to another heat wave. Triple-digit temperatures on tap for Southern California.
The daily high in San Diego is expected to top 103 degrees on Monday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. Thursday’s high of 108 degrees will be its warmest on record. That may be low.
The city’s high is expected to reach 108 degrees on Thursday, marking the 10th day in a row with highs topped out at or above 90 degrees.
A 90-degree high on July 24, 2016 in San Diego. The mercury topped out at 93 on Sunday and continued to hold onto the record for the longest heat wave on record in Southern California. (Mark Boster / Associated Press)
So what’s the point of all this?
For the record, here’s what the National Weather Service reported:
“For the 10-day period ending Sunday, July 10, 2016, the daily high temperature record for San Diego County was 94 degrees at 10 a.m., tying the old record from 1979. The statewide high temperature record was broken when the mercury reached 90 degrees at 10 p.m. on July 4, 2016.”
This is the second-longest heat wave in California history, with three days that topped out at or above 90 degrees.
Here are the 10-day high records for the county, compiled by the weather service:
July 3, 1986: 92 degrees
July 3, 1999: 92 degrees
July 4, 2016: 90 degrees
July 7, 2003: 93 degrees
July 6, 2007: 93 degrees
July 6, 2016: 86 degrees
July 7, 1998: 86 degrees
July 9, 1997: 86 degrees
July 10, 2016: 86 degrees
Last year, the mercury was clocked in at 92.8 degrees.
Here are historic monthly average high temperatures for San Diego County — with a caveat that this is one data set that can be misleading because heat records often are set at either the daily or monthly maximum,