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Sunny Days Expected This Holiday Weekend

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The Fourth of July weekend could be one of the hottest yet for San Diego this year. With citizens gleefully waving goodbye to the June gloom, this could be a refreshing change in weather.

According to the National Weather Service, a strong ridge of high pressure will build over the southwest for the next few days, spreading warmer air across Southern California for the weekend. Inland areas are expected to have the greatest increase in temperatures while the immediate coast should remain close to normal.

The NWS also stated that the beaches should remain in the 70s each afternoon due to the onshore flow and the marine layer. Areas of marine clouds and fog may also limit the sun at times as well.

The hottest areas this holiday weekend will be the foothills and deserts, where temperatures are estimated to rise over 100 degrees each day. Temperatures across the lower deserts are expected to reach 110 to 115 degrees, but no humidity is forecasted. Because of this, heat index values are expected to remain below critical levels.

The service also warned that the long days and high suns of this time of year limit overnight cooling, so those heading to the hotter areas this weekend should take plenty of water, sunscreen and cool clothing.

Here is the weather forecast for this weekend, according to the National Weather Service:

Friday: Patchy fog before 11 a.m. Otherwise, mostly cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 74. Calm wind becoming west between 5 and 10 mph.

Friday Night: Patchy fog after 11 p.m. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 64. West wind between 5 and 10 mph becoming calm.

Saturday: Patchy fog before 11 a.m. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 77. Calm wind becoming west between 5 and 10 mph.

Saturday Night: Patchy fog after 11 p.m. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 67.

Sunday: Patchy fog before 11 a.m. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 80.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 68.

Independence Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 68.

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