A heat wave forecast for the Bay Area is still on track to heat up the region through Friday. On Thursday, the heat will ramp up significantly and could break a few records, forecasters said.
Temperatures on Thursday will be in the upper 70s to upper 80s at the coast and upper 80s to mid 90s inland.
On Friday, the heat will persist but gradually cool, with highs in the upper 60s to lower 80s at the coast and 80s to lower 90s inland.
The weekend will bring cooler weather, and the temperature will change from Thursday to Saturday by 15 to 25 degrees, the National Weather Service said.
By early next week, highs are forecast to be in the 60s.
In San Francisco’s North Beach Wednesday night, there were crowds at every restaurant and a waiting line at Tony’s Pizza.
“It’s busy," Tony’s Pizza Manager Natale Cardamone said. "People are more willing to go out for dinner. Now with seating outdoors, it’s even better for them.”
Cardamone added that people are more willing to wait in line outside more so than on a foggy night.
“We love it," he said. "Hopefully it stays like this.”
Logan Crews and his brother decided to take a dip at Ocean Beach to cool off, but they stayed close to shore.
"I don’t want to get anywhere too crazy," Crews said. "The waves are kind of high today, but definitely going to get my head wet."
Staying close to the shore is exactly what the San Francisco Fire Department said people visiting the beach Thursday should do.
“Rip currents and sneaker waves and cold water," San Francisco Fire Department spokesperson Jonathan Baxter warned. "It might be really warm out, but the water is still going to be around 50 degrees.”
Baxter added that if someone wants to go swimming, they should go elsewhere.
“Such as Stinson Beach in Marin County or the Santa Cruz Boardwalk," he said. "The beaches there are lifeguard protected."