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Heat Wave Expected to Last Through Tuesday

Expect a dry and hot start to the week.

A dry and very hot start to the work week is expected in San Diego County Monday, with forecasters projecting triple-digit temperatures throughout much of the region.

High temperatures Monday in Ramona will be 93 to 98 in the western valleys to 96 to 101 near the foothills with light winds.

"High pressure aloft over California will bring hot days through Tuesday, with weak offshore flow bringing the hottest weather" today, according to an NWS advisory. "The hot and dry conditions will increase the wildfire potential, especially near the coastal foothills."

During this week's heat wave, the county of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency strongly encouraged residents without access to air conditioning to use one of the more than 100 "Cool Zone" locations in the region. The locations are marked with signs that depict a polar bear. Locations include libraries, senior centers, recreation centers and other public buildings.

The purpose of the county-sponsored Cool Zone program is to offer free access to air conditioning for those whose homes do not have it or those who cannot afford the hefty power bills typically generated by air conditioner use.

Low-income, senior and disabled residents who have trouble traveling can request a free electric fan through the program. Also, some residents qualify for free bus passes to get to the Cool Zone locations. For more information, call (800) 510-2020.

-City News Service

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