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Sweltering Heat Grips Bay Area



    Blistering Temperatures as Bay Area Summer Nears

    A weekend packed with scorching temperatures is prompting people to find beat-the-heat techniques. Sergio Quintana reports.

    (Published Saturday, June 17, 2017)

    Summer has not officially arrived, but summer-like temperatures sure did blanket most Bay Area cities with uncomfortable heat Saturday.

    A heat advisory, which kicked into effect Saturday morning for most of the Bay Area, has been extended to Wednesday night. Temperatures away from the coast and immediate locations surrounding the San Francisco Bay are expected to top out anywhere from the upper-90s to mid-100s during that time period, according to the National Weather Service.

    Sunday is likely to be the hottest day during the lengthy heat wave. Antioch is expected to top the charts as the hottest Bay Area spot with a high temperature of 105 degrees on tap. Tri-Valley locations will hover around the low-100s. In the South Bay, San Jose will top out at 95 degrees while Gilroy will reach 101 degrees.

    Somewhat more comfortable Sunday temperatures will be found around the bay. Oakland is expected to reach 87 degrees and San Mateo will sit at 86 degrees. Along the Embarcadero in San Francisco, highs will stretch to 80 degrees while the Outer Sunset will enjoy 75 degree weather.

    The coast, for the most part, will be the spot for those looking to cool down thanks to a light on-shore flow of air. Half Moon Bay will only approach a high of 67 degrees. Santa Cruz, on the other hand, will top out at 88 degrees.

    Fire personnel in the East Bay stocked up on extra water in the event that they would have to help in an emergency related to the heat. PG&E crews also beefed up staffing just in case they would have to manage heat-related power outages.

    Here are some tips on how to stay cool:

    • Drink plenty of liquids
    • Avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugar
    • Limit physical activity, especially between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
    • Don't leave people or pets in closed, parked cars
    • Stay in air-conditioned areas, including malls, libraries, movie theaters and community centers
    • Cool off by taking a bath or shower.
    • Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing
    • Do not bundle babies or put them in blankets or heavy clothing.
    • Cover your head with wide-brimmed, vented hats or use umbrellas 
    • Wear sunglasses and sunscreen
    • Rest in shady areas
    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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