The Bay Area and the entire state of California were preparing Thursday for a scorching weekend that could see temperatures hit triple-digit highs in many areas, even above 5,000 feet in the mountains, as a massive heat wave rolls through the West Coast.
Temperatures are expected to be above normal in the Bay Area through the rest of the week. But forecasters said the first major storm of the season could hit the region next week.
A new study by climate researchers suggests California heat waves are trending toward being more humid with elevated nighttime temperatures and are becoming stronger in populous coastal areas.
With more hot temperatures expected Tuesday, a statewide Flex Alert is in effect, and residents are being urged to cut back on energy use during peak daytime hours, a California Independent System Operator spokeswoman said.
Temperatures are soaring into triple digits across the western United States as a continuing heat wave strained energy supplies and sent thousands to beaches, lakes and shopping malls in search of cooler climes.
Temperatures were expected to approach 100 degrees in inland parts of the Bay Area this week, according to the National Weather Service.
A new report shows that more wildfires, heat wave and rising seas are expected because of climate change in the state.
The Bay Area marked the longest day of the year Tuesday with clear skies and warm temperatures.
The first Spare the Air day of the season has been called for Tuesday throughout the Bay Area.
The Bay Area’s mini heat wave this week is serving as a good reminder for companies that use outdoor workers that state regulations require more than just passing out bottled water.