Extreme Heat, Fire Grips Calif. Ahead of Holiday Weekend

Extreme Heat, Fire Grips Calif. Ahead of Holiday Weekend

Extreme Heat, Fire Grips Calif. Ahead of Holiday Weekend

San Francisco itself saw one of the hottest days in its history Friday at 106 (41 C) but is now expected to recede into its usual cool-and-foggy summer pattern with dramatic temperature drops into the 80s and then the 70s.

Bay Area Rapid Transit spokeswoman Alicia Trost says the rail line was reducing its speed until late Saturday because hot weather can expand and shift metal tracks.

While smoke from area wildfires will keep temperatures slightly cooler than they might otherwise be, the heat wave will still pose a health problem for those doing outdoor activities or seeking relief by opening windows.

On Tuesday, Ramona hit 108 degrees, setting a new August 29 heat record that was previously 105. But the high for the day is only expected to be in the mid-60s, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures in San Francisco are continuing to climb.

Firefighters in Los Angeles are working to contain a blaze that chewed through brush-covered mountains just north of downtown, growing to almost 8 square miles and prompting mandatory evacuations for several hundred homes. "We've had 14 or 15 heat related calls and the symptoms that have been general nausea, weakness, some have been vomiting", Alameda County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Walsh said.

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Sunday could tie or break a record for the day that now sits at 95 degrees and was set in 1995, Danielson said.

The heat has peaked for Southern California, but parts of Northern California are set to see it soar some more. Temperatures will reach the low 90s during the day, with light winds.

Temperatures were also well into the 100s in most of the Bay Area Friday afternoon.

Other high temperatures included 117 in Ocotillo Wells, 114 in Borrego Springs, 108 in Valley Center, 106 in Alpine, 105 in Campo, 103 in Poway, 102 in El Cajon and Santee, 101 in Escondido and 100 in Fallbrook.

The Denver metro area should expect a sunny, dry and hot - potentially record-breakingly so - Labor Day weekend.

An upper-level ridge of high pressure has allowed record heat to engulf parts of the West.

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