Heat Records Fall on Hottest Day of 2014

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    CalFire is on high alert for fires this week with record heat throughout the Bay Area. On Tuesday, they battled 7 fires alone, when they typically would battle just one. Bob Redell reports. (Published Wednesday, May 14, 2014)

    The Bay Area saw record high temperatures in several places Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

    Several Bay Area cities, including Gilroy, Cupertino, Palo Alto, Dublin and San Jose, topped out at 100 degrees during the peak of the afternoon heat.

    Ocean Beach Expects Huge Heat Wave Crowds

    [BAY] Ocean Beach Expects Huge Heat Wave Crowds
    Lots of people, trying to beat the heat, are expected at Ocean Beach in San Francisco. Christie Smith reports. (Published Wednesday, May 14, 2014)

    A heat advisory and a third consecutive spare the air alert were issued for Wednesday through 8 p.m. And Cal Fire spokesman Brandon Lietzke said the agency was on high alert because of the rising temperatures.

    Downtown San Francisco saw temperatures reach 88 degrees, surpassing the previous record of 87 degrees set in 1922.

    RAW VIDEO: Whales Sighted Off Ocean Beach in San Francisco

    [BAY] RAW VIDEO: Whales Sighted Off Ocean Beach in San Francisco
    NBC Bay Area's chopper caught an aerial image of two whales in the Pacific Ocean off Ocean Beach in San Francisco Tuesday afternoon. (Published Wednesday, May 14, 2014)

    San Francisco International Airport saw temperatures reach 90 degrees. The previous high set in 2006 was 87 degrees.

    Cooling Centers Open as Scorching Heat Settles In

    [BAY] Cooling Centers Open as Scorching Heat Settles In
    As cyclists were warned not to get too dehydrated on Tuesday during the Amgen Tour from San Jose to Mt. Diablo, swimmers hit the pool in Walnut Creek and cooling centers opened their doors to hot residents all over the Bay Area. Jeff Ranieri and Kris Sanchez report. (Published Tuesday, May 13, 2014)

    Temperatures at the Oakland Museum of California and Oakland International Airport hit 89 degrees. The temperatures recorded at the museum tied a 2006 record, and temperatures at the airport broke the 2008 and 2006 record of 86 degrees.

    Mountain View tied a 2008 record with temperatures reaching 90 degrees.

    The scorching heat had many flocking to the beach. Before the sun came up, many were already out at San Francisco's Ocean Beach jogging, surfing and just taking in the incredible low-hanging orange moon overing over the ocean. Some where even hoping to catch another glimpse of a pod of whales, which NBC Bay Area's chopper spotted on Tuesday afternoon spouting off in the ocean.

    Judy Melinek, who lives near the beach, grabbed her daughter, Leah, before school and took her to see the moon and the early morning waves. "I said, get up and get your jacket," she recounted on what she told her daughter. "It's time to go to the beach."

    The average temperature for this time of year in San Jose is 76 degrees, and the record high was 93 degrees set in 1972. On Tuesday, San Francisco broke another heat record, when the city reached 90 degrees, breaking the old record of 87 degrees set in 1927.

    Thursday's weather should cool down a bit, with temperatures dropping off by about five to 15 degrees. The weekend looks to be cooler too, with temperatures topping out in the 70s inland and 60s on the coast. 


    NBC Bay Area's Christie Smith and Bay City News contributed to this report.