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Triple Digit Heat, Smoggy Weather Swelters Bay Area

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    A weekend heat wave has hit the Bay Area Sunday, with triple digit heat sweltering some parts--including one East Bay city. NBC Bay Area's Monte Francis reports from Walnut Creek where people are trying to beat the heat. (Published Sunday, June 8, 2014)

    A weekend heat wave has hit the Bay Area Sunday, with triple digit heat sweltering some parts.

    Highs were expected to be in the upper 60s to the lower 80s, and over 100 in some parts of the Bay Area Sunday, with southwesterly winds of up to 10 mph.

    Walnut Creek is one city seeing triple digit temperatures. Throughout Sunday, the temperature has been reading 100, or close to it.

    Usually on a weekend in June, lots of people would be outside enjoying the mild weather in this East Bay city. But on Sunday, it appeared most people were staying out of the heat.

    The outdoor seating at Walnut Creek cafes were empty in the afternoon, and people were cooling off by staying in air-conditioned spaces--like a local gelato shop.

    "It’s really hot outside, over 100, so we decided on having gelato," Nanette Hong of Danville said.

    The owner of the shop said he is twice as busy as he had been on a regular Sunday.

    Sunday was also declared a Spare the Air Day, which means high temperatures and low winds are making for unhealthy levels of smog in the air. The public is urged to avoid exercising outdoors, especially at the hottest time of the day.

    Some people had their own ideas of how to beat the heat.

    "I love shopping, and I love eating so going into air-conditioned places is the way to do it," Louise Vogel of San Francisco said. "And keeping to the shade."

    Los Altos also had temperature readings in the triple digits.

    Mostly clear skies are likely Sunday evening. Lows are expected to be in the mid-50s, with southwesterly winds of up to 10 mph.

    Sunny skies are likely Monday morning. Highs are expected to be in the upper 50s to lower 70s, with southwesterly winds of up to 10 mph.

    Air quality officials have declared another Spare the Air Day for Monday.

    That means there is a ban on wood burning, and people are asked to carpool or take public transit to work to cut down on the levels of exhaust in the air. And it also means people who are sensitive to smog should limit their time outdoors

    And for those who must be outside, they should have plenty of water on hand, air quality officials said.