The Bay Area, known for its picturesque landscapes and mild climate, is bracing for an unusually intense heat wave this July 4th weekend. With temperatures soaring to record highs, residents and visitors alike are urged to take necessary precautions to stay safe.
This article will delve into the reasons behind this extreme weather and offer tips on how to beat the heat.
What to Expect
According to the National Weather Service, this is the first real blast of heat this season, and the days leading up to July 4th are expected to be the hottest. The Bay Area’s inland valleys are forecasted to experience temperatures ranging from the 90s to the low triple-digits, while coastal areas will likely see temperatures in the low 70s1.
Areas such as North Bay, East Bay, and South Bay, along with inland regions of Monterey and San Benito counties, are expected to face moderate heat risks. Concord, King City, and San Jose are forecasted to reach the mid-to-high 90s from Friday through Sunday. Livermore, in particular, could hit 100 degrees on Saturday1.
In Southern California, the temperatures are also expected to climb, with Palm Springs topping 110 degrees. The Inland Empire is likely to experience temperatures in the mid-90s to low 100s, while Los Angeles, Anaheim, and Irvine should see temperatures in the low-to-mid 80s. Coastal areas in Southern California, including San Diego, Laguna Beach, and Malibu, are expected to remain cooler in the low-to-mid-70s1.
Extreme temperatures are also expected in the deserts, with highs reaching near 115 degrees in the lower deserts and around 105 in the high desert. An excessive heat watch will be in place from Friday morning through Monday night for portions of Central California, including Bakersfield, Los Banos, Merced, and Fresno1.
Risks and Precautions
Heat waves are not just uncomfortable, they can be dangerous. With the hot and dry conditions, there is an elevated risk of wildfires. Officials urge Californians to take precautions such as not leaving campfires unattended and refraining from using illegal fireworks to minimize the risk of fire1.
Additionally, heat waves pose risks to people and pets, especially those sensitive to heat or without adequate cooling. The National Weather Service advises people to stay hydrated, take cooling breaks, and never leave people or pets unattended in hot vehicles.
It’s important to note that as this is the first heat event of the season, people and pets may be more susceptible to the effects of heat, especially given the extended period of below-average temperatures leading up to the heat wave1.
If you’re traveling to the Bay Area, check to make sure your hotel or AirBNB has air conditioning.
As the Bay Area and surrounding regions brace for soaring temperatures, it is crucial for residents and visitors to stay informed and take necessary precautions to safeguard themselves, their loved ones, and their communities. Keep an eye on the latest weather updates, stay hydrated, and be mindful of the risks that come with extreme heat.