Heat Wave: Triple Digit Temperatures Expected

The heat wave triggered a statewide Flex Alert and local Spare the Air Alert for Friday

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Sweltering temperatures set to bake the Bay Area through at least the middle of next week have prompted the National Weather Service to issue various weather alerts.

The inland East Bay, the Santa Clara Valley and pockets in the North Bay are under an excessive heat warning through Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Afternoon temperatures in most of those areas are expected to climb into the 100s during the heat wave.

Because of the heat, many may plan to go to the beach to refresh themselves. However, the NWS advises to be cautious due to potentially dangerous rip currents.

Although it is common practice to enforce power shutoffs during high temperature alerts, PG&E confirmed that no rolling blackouts are expected Saturday.

People are still being advised to conserve power during the early afternoon out of abundance of caution.

To learn more about rotating power outages in California, click here.

List: Bay Area Cooling Centers Open During Heat Wave

Several cities across the Bay Area reached new daily high temperature records Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

  • Santa Rosa, 106
  • Napa, 102
  • Richmond, 96
  • San Francisco, 95
  • Redwood City , 102
  • Oakland, 100
  • San Jose, 103
  • Gilroy, 107
Officials are worried that this weekend's sweltering temperatures will lead to packed beaches and not enough social distancing. Anoushah Rasta reports.

California issued a statewide Flex Alert for Friday, asking people to conserve energy between 3 and 10 p.m. A Spare the Air Alert has also been issued for Friday, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said. Details can be found here.

The weather service is reminding people to limit their outdoor activity during the hottest periods of the day, drink plenty of water, stay in air conditioned places if possible, and never leave children or pets in vehicles.

Already faced with high heat, firefighters are bracing for fires ignited by lightning strikes as thunderstorms fire off nearby.

Amid triple-digit temperatures, fire crews in the South Bay and parts of the East Bay are keeping an eye on nearby storms that could produce lightning and ignite wildfires. Sharon Katsuda reports.

NBC Bay Area's weather team will continue to monitor the heat wave and provide updates during newscasts and on social media. For the complete forecast in your neighborhood, click here.

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