Crowds flocked to La Jolla’s beach last weekend due to the intense heatwave that has been relentless for the past few days, San Diego lifeguards said.

Around 35,000-40,000 people gathered at the La Jolla beach last weekend, NBC San Diego reported. 

The number is twice the usual amount of people on the beach, during a summer heatwave, lifeguards said. 

Last year’s summer crowd only numbered around 20,000 people. 

Images of La Jolla’s shores were published by TMZ on Sunday, along with a description stating that the scene looked like a “proverbial packed-in-like-sardines scenario.” 

In the current public health order, people are allowed to go to local beaches. 

However, people are still required to practice COVID-19 safety measures such as social distancing, face masks when not in water, and should only stay with their household members. 

San Diego’s summer heatwave is expected to continue until this Thursday, at 10 pm, reports said. 

The National Weather Service (NWS) urges San Diego residents to drink plenty of water and stay out of the sun as much as possible. 

COVID-19 Cases In San Diego 

For five consecutive days, health officials reported “a state-calculated case rate” of 91.9 in San Diego, another NBC report said. 

San Diego County’s health officials reported no COVID-19 deaths and only 334 new COVID-19 cases out of its 7,047 tests on Sunday.

The county’s reported number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at 626. 

This means that sooner or later, California’s state leaders will have to remove the county from California’s COVID-19 monitoring list.

The reports, however, will be reviewed first before the state can make its decision. 

Recently, testing capacity in the county has been increasing. 

According to NBC, the county is providing more than 6,700 tests per day, given to anyone who wants to avail it. 

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