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Summer's Sizzle Arrives

Excessive heat warning went into effect Saturday morning and is expected to last through Tuesday



    Excessive Heat Begins Saturday

    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. (Published Saturday, June 29, 2013)

    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.

    MORE: Bay Area cooling centers open this weekend.

    Heat Warning Continues

    [BAY] Heat Warning Continues
    Highs soaring into the 90s to near 105 inland will be the trend for the next 3-4 days, prompting an excessive heat warning for inland areas around the Bay Area. Closer to San Francisco and Oakland, highs will be warmer than Friday but expected to remain in the 80s to lower 90s. Increasing air pollution has also prompted a Spare the Air alert for Saturday and beyond. The highest levels of air pollution this weekend will be in our East Bay valleys. Cooling changes should materialize around Wednesday of next week leading to a return of low clouds to the coast and bay in time for the 4th of July. Rob Mayeda
    (Published Friday, June 28, 2013)

    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. 

    Triple Digits in the Forecast

    [BAY] Triple Digits in the Forecast
    Christina Loren tells us just how hot it is going to get this weekend, with even hotter temps forecast for Monday.
    (Published Friday, June 28, 2013)

    • SATURDAY:  Today an Excessive Heat Warning goes into effect and continues into Tuesday. Today temps will start near 60° with clear skies. Temps will soar today under sunny skies. Inland locations will top out from 95 - 105, Bayside mid to upper 80s, & at the Coast 78 - 88.
    • SUNDAY:  A clear start to the day with temps from the 60s to near 70. Another hot day is on the way with Inland locations reaching 97 - 107. Bayside near 90, & at the Coast from 80 - 90.
    • MONDAY:  Another very hot day is expected today with Inland areas reaching 100 - 110. Bayside temps will warm to near 90, & at the Coast from 80 - 90.
    • TUESDAY:  Temps will be very hot again today with Inland locations reaching 97 - 107. Bayside temps will be near 90 & at the Coast 75 - 85.
    • AHEAD:  The heatwave is expected to break Wednesday with temps backing off into the mid to upper 90s and eventually into the 80s for the 4th of July. Temps will be more tolerable by late week.

    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.