An Excessive Heat Warning has been issued for our Inland Valleys for Saturday through Tuesday. This means temps will warm into the dangerous category during the day and not cool off much at night. Overall, a very hot stretch of weather is ahead, residents are urged to take frequent breaks if outdoors & stay hydrated with water.
A blazing west coast heat wave is expected to send the mercury soaring as high as 130 degrees in the California desert . The heat threatens to ground airliners and has cities here in the Bay Area setting up cooling stations.
Friday's heat was so punishing that rangers took up positions at trailheads at Lake Mead in Nevada to persuade people not to hike. Zookeepers in Phoenix hosed down the elephants and fed tigers frozen fish snacks.
The extreme heat forced Amtrak to abide by speed restrictions here in the Bay Area. Trains have to slow down and delays are expected.
The thermometer in California's Death Valley read 121 Friday with the mercury expected to reach 130 through the weekend. That is just short of the 134-degree reading from a century ago that stands as the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth.
It won't get that hot here in the Bay Area, but triple digits are possible. Much of the Bay Area is under an excessive heat warning which is expected to last through Tuesday.
Right now, a strong ridge of high pressure is bringing much warmer and drier air aloft which will lead to warmer temperatures with each passing day.
Experts warned people to stay out of the sun, wear broad-brimmed hats outdoors, drink lots of water and avoid putting pets and children in parked cars where the temperature can quickly soar. Drivers who might find themselves stuck in a hot car should carry extra sunglasses, water, snacks and any prescription medications they may need.