Bay Area residents head to the beach during heat wave

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Many Bay Area residents are anxious to find ways to beat the heat this weekend, and many are flocking to nearby beaches. (KGO-TV )

Expect hot weather across the Bay Area this weekend and into the work week. In Santa Cruz, temperatures are expected to reach the low 80's.

But if you're planning to surf be aware that lots of other people may have the same idea.

Leave early if you're looking to beat the heat and the traffic.

RELATED: Tips for beating the heat and staying safe during a heat wave

Also be sure to drive carefully. Highway 17 has seen an increase in accidents so far this year -- many due to speed.

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