Heat Re­lated Is­sues Com­pli­cate Hol­i­day Week­end

Riverbank News - - FRONT PAGE - BY RIC McGINNIS

Heat and air qual­ity warn­ings in the Cen­tral Val­ley were ex­pected to put a bit of a damper on out­door ac­tiv­i­ties over the hol­i­day week­end. The 100-plus tem­per­a­tures and smoke-laden skies pos­si­bly had res­i­dents look­ing for in­door means of cel­e­bra­tion this La­bor Day. The un­of­fi­cial end of sum­mer on Mon­day saw plenty of peo­ple cool­ing down in lo­cal rivers, lakes and at Wood­ward Reser­voir, among other lo­ca­tions.

Mean­while, prior to the long hol­i­day week­end, sched­ules and lo­ca­tions for high school foot­ball games in the Sacra­mento area were af­fected by the weather, push­ing game start times back for lower tem­per­a­tures. Here in River­bank on Fri­day, the high school had only a var­sity foot­ball game sched­uled, so it re- mained at a 7 p.m. start. Still, the smoke in the air was quite ev­i­dent as the sun set over the cam­pus, with fiery red skies in all di­rec­tions ac­com­pa­ny­ing the on­set of evening.

Triple dig­its con­tin­ued in the re­gion on Satur­day, and the Ju­nior Bruin Youth Foot­ball or­ga­ni­za­tion heeded the warning, mov­ing their day­time game sched­ule up an hour to try to help with the heat, each team tak­ing the field at an ear­lier start time than orig­i­nally planned. Still, as the var­sity team was fin­ish­ing up in the fi­nal game of the day, the tem­per­a­ture in River­bank had pushed well past 100.

This week looks to bring a lit­tle re­lief, with tem­per­a­tures pri­mar­ily in the 90s, though air qual­ity will likely con­tinue to be an is­sue, due to a num­ber of fires still burn­ing around the re­gion.

RIC MCGINNIS/THE NEWS

Se­ri­ously smoky skies in the Cen­tral Val­ley are ev­i­dent as the sun was set­ting over River­bank High School dur­ing the var­sity Bru­ins home foot­ball game on Fri­day. High heat warn­ings and air ad­vi­sories up and down the state were to be ef­fec­tive through the long hol­i­day week­end.

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