Heat records set on scorching day in the Bay Area

Byby ABC7 Staff KGO logo
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Swimming pool in Antioch.

OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- It was another scorching hot day in the Bay Area, with more records broken.

ABC7's Spencer Christian reports that Oakland, the Oakland Airport, San Francisco, San Francisco International Airport, San Jose, Moffett Field, and Monterey all broke records. San Francisco hit 88, breaking a record set in 1922. And San Jose hit 94, breaking a record set in 1905.

Spencer says that shifting winds will help drop temperatures drop, especially on the coast. Despite cooler weather on the horizon, officials are closing Alum Rock Park in San Jose on Thursday.

It was hot both on and off the field in Oakland Wednesday. Fans at the Athletics game could feel temperatures climb, while the team with the best record in the league's western division continued their fight to put numbers on the board. No matter where you sat, finding relief from the sun wasn't easy. But they weren't complaining.

"It's a perfect day to be out, I love this place, this is my second home," said A's fan Jr. Hagen. "I'll get down and kiss the concrete for you if you want."

A's fans knew it would be a hot one, so they were ready. Some slathered on the sunscreen, others chugged a beverage, and some made runs of their own.

"The hat and a lot of water," said A's fan Shanaz Mangat. "A lot of water and I take breaks to get in the shade then come right back to my seat."

In Walnut Creek, where temperatures kissed the triple digits, construction crews kept water within reach. At the Gardens at Heather Farm, finding a shady spot to kick back was like gold.

"Perfect day to be out on the water, no wind at all, no white caps" said boater Nick Tamayl.

Meanwhile in Antioch, seniors hitting the pool on Wednesday had the right idea -- not only cooling off, but doing so in the morning.

"Well, it's easier being out in this weather than in the afternoon when it's really hot," said one swimmer.

The real shame is the heat's timing. Antioch has a fun water park, perfect for this hot weather. But it doesn't open for another week. It is, after all, only May 14.

"It would be nice if they had some shorter hours or something," said Antioch resident Kelly Stephens. "But for evening time, you know, it does get really hot."

Officials hope residents will heed advice to drink a lot of water and seek shade or air conditioning in the heat of the day.

They point out that this is happening early in the season and we're not acclimated to the heat yet.

On Wednesday, CAL FIRE recruits were out training in Napa County to not only learn how to fight fires, but how to battle those blazes in extreme heat.

"For this year so far, up to May 10, we've had over 1,350 wildfires across the state," said Amy Head with CAL FIRE. "On an average year it would be closer to 700."

It's all the more reason for CAL FIRE to put its crews through one more round of training, even on a day with projected 97 degree heat.

Recruits were trained to look for shade. They say it's the difference of about 15 degrees from shade to sunlight. They also drank water, gallons of it.

ABC7 News Meteorologist Mike Nicco says the hottest day of the year unfolds around us today. Today is also a Spare the Air Day and a heat advisory is in effect until 8 p.m. While the cooling sea breeze and a few clouds return to the coast overnight, he says most neighborhoods will be stuffy one last night.

Bay Area Cooling Centers

Numerous cities across the Bay Area have opened swimming pools and cooling centers to help people beat the heat. Please call in advance to confirm facility hours.

Cooling centers and their hours of operation in Santa Clara County

Central Park Library

2635 Homestead Rd (408) 615-2900



Sat: 10am-5pm

Sun: 1pm-5pm

City Hall Cafeteria

1500 Warburton Ave. (408) 615-2220

Mon-Fri 8am-5pm

Sat: Closed

Sun: Closed

Community Recreation Center

969 Kiely Blvd. (408) 615-3140

Mon-Thu: 8am-8pm

Fri: 8am-5pm

Sat: 9am-12pm

Sun: Closed

Senior Center *

1303 Fremont St. (408) 615-3170

Mon-Fri: 7am-5pm

Sat: 9am-12pm

Sun: Closed

Cecil White Center/Montgomery Street Inn

Open 7 days a week 8am-7pm

58 North Montgomery Street, San Jose

PH: 408-271-5160

Georgia Travis Center

Open M-F from 8:30am to 4:30pm

297 Commercial Street, San Jose

PH: 408-453-3124

Elsa Segovia Center

Open M-F from 9am to 5pm

795 Willow Road, Bldg., 323D, Menlo Park

PH: 650-853-7066

Opportunity Services Center

Open M-F from 8am to 4pm

33 Encina Ave., Palo Alto

PH: 650-853-8672


Gilroy Senior Center

7371 Hanna St., Gilroy

PH: 408-846-0414


Milpitas Sports Center

1325 E Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas

PH: 408-586-3225

Morgan Hill

Centennial Recreation Center

171 W. Edmundson Ave., Morgan Hill

PH: 408-782-2128

Community and Cultural Center

17000 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill

PH: 408-782-0008

Mountain View

Mountain View Senior Center

255 Escuale Avenue, Mountain View

San Jose

Almaden Community Center

Monday through Thursday 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Friday 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Saturday 9:00 AM to 1:00 pm

6445 Camden Avenue, San Jose

PH: 408-268-1133

Berryessa Community Center

Monday 8:30 AM to 6:3o PM

Tuesday thru Thursday 8:30 to 5:00 PM

Friday 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Saturday 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

3050 Berryessa Road, San Jose

PH: 408-251-6392

Camden Community Center

Monday through Thursday 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Friday 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Saturday 9:00 AM to 1:00 pm

3369 Union Avenue, San Jose

PH: 408-559-8553

Cypress Community Center

Monday-Friday 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Saturday 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM

3707 Williams Road

San Jose, CA 95117

PH: 408-244-1353

Evergreen Community Center

Monday-Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Saturday 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM

4860 San Felipe Road, San Jose

PH: 408-270-2220

Mayfair Community Center

Monday through Thursday 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Friday 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Saturday 9:00 AM to 1:00 pm

2039 Kammerer Avenue

San Jose, CA 95116


Roosevelt Community Center

Monday through Thursday 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Friday 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Saturday 9:00 AM to 1:00 pm

901 East Santa Clara Street

San Jose, CA 95116

PH: 408-794-7555

Seven Trees Community Center

Monday through Thursday 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Friday 8:00 AM to76:00 PM

Saturday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

3390 Cas Drive

San Jose, CA 95111


Southside Community Center

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Wednesday 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Thursday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Saturday 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

5585 Cottle Road, San Jose

PH: 408-629-3336

Willow Glen Community and Senior Center

Monday and Tuesday 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Wednesday 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Thursday 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Saturday 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM

2175 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose

PH: 408-448-6400

Saratoga and Los Gatos

Saratoga Library

13650 Saratoga Avenue, Saratoga

Saratoga Community Center

19655 Allendale Avenue, Saratoga

PH: 408-868-1248

Los Gatos Neighborhood Center

208 E. Main Street, Los Gatos

PH: 408-354-1514


Sunnyvale Community Center

550 E Remington Drive, Sunnyvale

PH: 408-730-7350


Quinlan Community Center, Cupertino Parks and Recreation

Call for hours

10185 North Stelling Rd, Cupertino

PH: 408-777-3110

West Valley Community Services

10104 Vista Dr., Cupertino

PH: 408-255-8033


Santa Clara Police Department

601 El Camino Real

Santa Clara, CA 95050


Emergency: 9-1-1

Non-emergencies: 408-615-4700

Cooling centers and their hours of operation in Contra Costa County

Alcosta Senior and Community Center

9300 Alcosta Blvd


San Ramon Community Center

12501 Alcosta Blvd


Dougherty Station Community Center

17011 Bollinger Canyon Road


San Ramon Library

100 Montgomery St.


Dougherty Station Library

17017 Bollinger Canyon Road


Ambrose Community Center

3105 Willow Pass Road, Bay Point


Antioch Senior Center

415 West 2nd Street, Antioch


Brentwood Senior Center

193 Griffith Lane, Brentwood


Concord Senior Center

2727 Parkside Circle, Concord


Danville Community Center

420 Front Street, Danville


Hercules Senior Center

111 Civic Drive, Hercules


Martinez Senior Center

818 Green Street, Martinez


Pinole Senior Center

2500 Charles Ave, Pinole


Pittsburg Senior Center

300 Presidio Lane, Pittsburg


Pleasant Hill Senior Center

233 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill


Richmond Senior Center

2525 MacDonald Ave, Richmond


Walnut Creek Senior Club

1375 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek


Also open are:

San Ramon Olympic Pool

9900 Broadmoor Dr.


Dougherty Valley Aquatic Center

10550 Albion Road


ABC7 News reporters Nick Smith, Amy Hollyfield, Wayne Freedman and Alan Wang contributed to this story.