Summer hits S.F. in record fashion
Residents seek pools, rec centers under heat advisory
The Bay Area endured a record-setting blast of heat Monday as temperatures in the region climbed even higher than they had over a sunny and sticky weekend. San Francisco reached 89 degrees, a new record high for June 10, while temperatures in other parts of the Bay Area hit triple digits. New fires were reported in Point Reyes and Concord, and responders continued to battle the Sand Fire in Yolo County.
Weather officials cautioned residents to stay indoors and remain hydrated Monday as a record-setting heat wave pushed temperatures in some parts of the Bay Area into the triple digits.
Temperatures in the region climbed a few degrees higher than they did this past weekend, making Monday the hottest day of the year so far, forecasters said.
By 12:45 p.m., San Francisco had reached a new record high for June 10, with a temperature of 89 degrees, breaking the previous record of 88 set in 1985. The normal high temperature in the city on Monday’s date is 66 degrees, and officials expected temperatures to keep climbing throughout the afternoon. The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for the region from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, warning of an increased chance of heat-related illnesses, like heat exhaustion or heat stroke, particularly for young children and the elderly. Areas of the Bay shoreline, East Bay valleys and Santa Clara Valley were under an excessive heat warning for the same time period.
“Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-con
ditioned room if possible, or stay in the shade and out of the sun during peak heating hours,” said Scott Rowe, a National Weather Service meteorologist advised residents on Monday. “Check on your relatives and neighbors.”
Residents were able to find air-conditioned refuge at the Main Library building, the program rooms at branch libraries, the public knowledge space at the Museum of Modern Art, the Chinatown/ North Beach Center Library at City College of San Francisco, and the Community Health and Wellness Center at City College’s Ocean Campus.
San Francisco’s Recreation and Park Department opened seven pools for free swimming Monday afternoon to beat the heat: Balboa Pool, Coffman Pool, Hamilton Pool, North Beach Pool, Rossi Pool, Sava Pool and MLK Pool.
Officials expect the heat in San Francisco to dissipate by Tuesday, with temperatures in the mid- to upper 70s. For the North Bay, South Bay and East Bay, relief may not come until Wednesday.
“We’ll see some lingering heat impacts in places like Livermore, Antioch, Napa and Santa Rosa,” Rowe said. “We’ll probably see another day of mid-90s in San Jose on Tuesday. The cooldown will reach most locations at least by Wednesday and Thursday,” Rowe said.
Record-high temperatures were tied or broken Sunday in downtown San Francisco, Half Moon Bay, Monterey and at San Francisco and Oakland’s airports, according to the National Weather Service.
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued a spare-the-air alert for Monday and Tuesday, with air quality in the region measuring as unhealthy for sensitive groups. Smoke from the Sand Fire in Yolo County reached Marin County by Saturday evening, officials said. Forecasters said winds could push a thin stream of smoke over the North Bay as the blaze continues to burn.
Jorge Franco (left) and his grandchild, Kaitlyn, and son, Carlos, stand in the shade while cooling down with ice cream in S.F. Temperatures in the city reached 89 degrees, a new record high for June 10.
Irina Carrenca (left) of Burlingame and Jennifer Kuan of Pacifica swim laps at the Brisbane Community Pool in San Mateo County.
Classie Kendrick, activity coordinator at the Dr. George W. Davis Senior Center, fills a cooler with ice.
Sylvia Vaughn visits the cooling station at the senior center in San Francisco. The city hit 89 degrees Monday, a record high for June 10.
Claudia Aguilar cools off her daughter, Kylie Vanessa Aguilar, at Del Valle Regional Park near Livermore. Monday marked the hottest day of the year so far for the Bay Area.