Bay Area to continue heating up this weekend

Breaking out the baby pool for some heat relief may be a good idea this weekend, as temperatures may rise as high as 110 in some inland valleys.

The hot weather that’s expected to last throughout the weekend prompted the final day of free travel on Bay Area public transit agencies today.

Temperatures are expected to be about 105 in inland portions of the East Bay this afternoon, National Weather Service forecaster Diane Henderson said. In San Francisco, it will possibly reach the low-90s today, the NWS reported. And Saturday is expected to be even hotter.

The average temperature in The City this time of year is 71 degrees. The record high temperature for July 20, set in 1996, was 93 degrees, NWS data shows.

Triple digits may break records today in San Rafael, Mountain View, Oakland and Salinas, with temperatures of 105 or more, the NWS reported.

The warm weather was a welcome change for Aleia Ramsey, 25, who was on the Embarcadero Thursday afternoon soaking in the sun.

“It’s not hot enough for me,” Ramsey said. The San Francisco-based actor said she was going to enjoy the heat by drinking mojitos.

Oakland resident Carol Jamseon, 48, said she intends to spend a portion of the upcoming weekend watching Shakespeare in Oakland’s shady Diamond Park.

In Los Angeles on Tuesday, a power outage at a radar facility cut communications and disrupted air travel in and out of Southern California for more than an hour.

In the Bay Area, the hot weather coupled with pollution creates high levels of ground level ozone that’s dangerous to the elderly, young people and those with respiratory disesases, Bay Area Air Quality Management District Jack Colbourn said.

In an effort to reduce pollution levels, the district called the sixth Spare the Air Day this season, when rides on public transit are free. No more of the free days are planned, Colbourn said.

“We hope people will continue the behavior” of taking public transit, Colbourn said. “It’s through a voluntary method of asking them to stay out of their cars.”

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