Heat records set on scorching day in the Bay Area

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.
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