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Though summer's officially over, a flashback to the all-too-recent dog days is in store for the San Diego area, starting this

A high-pressure canopy over the region will deliver toasty temperatures through the beginning or middle of next week, with the highest heat expected Monday and Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

The most torrid conditions will prevail in the county's eastern desert locales, where an excessive heat warning will be in effect from 11 a.m. Sunday to 11 p.m. Tuesday, the NWS reported. The hot spell will bring highs topping out in the mid-80s along the coast, the mid-90s to around 100 degrees in the inland valleys and the upper 90s to 110 in the deserts, meteorologists advised.

The extreme summer-like swelter will significantly increase the potential for heat-related illnesses, particularly for those working under the afternoon sun or participating in outdoor activities, authorities cautioned.

To avoid such ailments, people are advised to drink plenty of non- alcoholic fluids, seek shady spots, stay in an air-conditioned spaces if possible, check on potentially vulnerable relatives and neighbors, and know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

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