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Bay Area braces for heat wave in coming days

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Residents soak up the sunshine and warm weather at Dolores Park in San Francisco, Calif., March 9, 2017 (James Chan/Special to S.F. Examiner)
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Near-record-breaking temperatures are expected over the next few days in the Bay Area, and public agencies are offering resources to help the public cope.

Livermore’s temperatures could soar to 113 degrees Friday, just two degrees shy of the city’s all-time record set in September 1950, according to the National Weather Service.

Santa Rosa temperatures are expected to hit 107 degrees Friday, compared with the town’s 113-degree record. Napa will hit 103 degrees, Gilroy 111 degrees, and San Jose will see 100-degree temperatures, weather service officials said.

People including athletes, the elderly and young children are at risk for heat-related illness, hyperthermia, heat exhaustion and heat stroke under these conditions, according to the weather service.

PG&E has crews on alert and ready to respond to outages. The utility is dedicating all available resources to heat response in inland cities such as Livermore and Concord where temperatures may reach or exceed 110 degrees.

People should have flashlights, radios and fresh batteries on hand for potential outages.

In Novato, public schools will close early on Friday because of the heat wave.

Novato Unified School District’s elementary schools will dismiss students at noon and secondary schools will dismiss students at 12:45 p.m. The district is working with transportation and food service departments to ensure they also adapt to the shorter school day, district officials said.

Sports practices on Friday have been canceled and district officials will monitor the weather on Friday to see if football games will still be played on Saturday.

Public agencies are also setting up cooling centers to help people beat the heat.

In San Jose, the city’s community centers will remain open until 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and will be open from 1-9 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

In the city of Santa Clara, the Central Park and Northside Branch libraries, the City Hall cafeteria, the Community Recreation Center and the Senior Center are available as cooling centers. For more details, residents can check the city’s website at http://santaclaraca.gov/residents/cooling-centers.

In Santa Rosa, the Finley Community Center at 2060 West College Ave. will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The city of Concord will have cooling centers open from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday.

The Willow Pass Center is open Thursday at 2748 East Olivera Road. Friday, the Centre Concord at 5298 Clayton Road will be open. On Saturday and Sunday, the Senior Center at 2727 Parkside Circle will be open, and on Monday, the Concord Police Department at 1350 Galindo St. will be open.

In Antioch, the Senior Center at 415 West Second St. is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Antioch Community Center at 4703 Lone Tree Way is open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. On Labor Day, there is $8 half-price admission all day at the city’s Water Park at 4703 Lone Tree Way.

In Benicia, the Benicia Public Library at 150 E. L St. will have extended hours Thursday through Sunday. The library will be open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, noon to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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