Extreme Heat, Fire Grips Calif. Ahead of Holiday Weekend

Posted September 03, 2017

The National Weather Service says the temperature in San Francisco reached 94 degrees even before noon Saturday, setting the heat record for September 2.

On Tuesday, Lake Elsinore hit 114 degrees for the second straight day, breaking August 28 and August 29 heat records, both of which dated back to 1998.

High temperatures today will be 105 to 110 in Riverside and Lake Elsinore, 92 to 99 in the mountains, 109 to 114 in the San Gorgonio Pass and 109 to 114 in the Coachella Valley. The city topped out at 102 degrees.

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Forecasters said more heat could be expected when remnants of Tropical Storm Lidia move north from Mexico's Baja California during the weekend.

An excessive heat warning that was in effect due to "dangerously hot conditions" remains in effect for the area until 9 p.m. Monday. The Watch runs from early Friday through Sunday evening.

AccuWeather says the damp and cool conditions from Harvey will remain through Sunday, keeping temperatures 10 to 15 degrees below normal for this time of year.

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The extreme heat sent Michelle Ogburn to a cooling center set up in Santa Clara's North Branch Library, one of many that were opened throughout the state.

Because of the blazes, air quality has been rated unhealthy across the region.

The National Weather Service in Portland noted that if the current forecast verifies it will be the hottest Labor Day weekend on record there. This could result in a cold front pushing through bringing cooler conditions, which would be the first such system in the region in nearly three months, according to the National Weather Service in Portland. But the high for the day is only expected to be in the mid-60s, according to the National Weather Service. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

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