People Strive to Beat the Heat as San Francisco Sets New Heat Record

It was forecasted to be 88 degrees on Friday, September 1 in San Francisco. The City by the Bay is called "Fogust" by locals during this time of the year; the weather is foggy, chilly, and usually in the 70 degree range. But to many people's surprise, the mercury hit 106 degrees that day, beating a previously set record of 103 degrees on June 14, 2000.

Many San Franciscans looked for ways to beat the heat. During the day, residents flocked to Ocean Beach seeking cooler temperatures. The crowds at this popular destination created jams in usually traffic-free parking lots.

As the sun set, many city dwellers were still seeking relief during the warm evening. People found it too hot to cook at home, so they sought outside dining options at local restaurants. They were warned to be prepared for long lines at restaurants and bars with outside seating. Even late into the evening, people were still sitting outside at parks as they found it too hot to be indoors. Not many San Francisco homes have air conditioning so folks even sat outside on their fire escapes.

The Department of Emergency Management issued a heat advisory as temperatures are expected to continue to stay high over the next few days. They advised residents to seek air conditioning in local libraries or malls and to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. In addition, all San Francisco residents will have free access to public pools.

Many other cities in the Bay Area and surrounding regions also registered record-breaking temperatures. Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system officials instructed trains to slow down and use caution on rails that were exposed to the sun. Heat from the sun could expand the rails and shift the track slightly. Numerous school districts held indoor recesses and either canceled or postponed outdoor sporting events.

Temperatures are expected to slowly begin cooling early next week, first dipping to the 80s then back to more normally expected San Francisco temperatures in the 70 degree range.


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