Bay Area heat wave now to blame for one death, no end in sight – Times Herald Online

    Bay Area heat wave now to blame for one death, no end in sight – Times Herald Online

    The relentless intensity of a Bay Area heat wave that is showing no signs of dissipating anytime soon can now be blamed for a death in the region, authorities said.

    A homeless person in San Jose died from effects of the weather, the first known casualty from a blast of heat that is expected to be slightly cooler on Thursday but still in the triple digits in most interior places, according to the National Weather Service. San Jose Mayor Matt Mahan announced the death on social media.

    “A homeless neighbor lost their life on our streets due to the heat,” Mahan said on X (formerly Twitter), adding that it was “avoidable tragedy.”

    Most cooling centers throughout the region were scheduled to be closed Thursday for the Fourth of July holiday before opening again Friday. The Emma Prusch Regional Park Farm in San Jose was scheduled to be open from 1-9 p.m.

    Vallejo cooling centers located at JFK Library and Springstowne Library were closed on the Fourth of July holiday, but will be open on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Dixon and Rio Vista libraries remained open on Thursday despite the holiday and will remain open on Friday.

    Vallejo saw temperatures hit 91 degrees on Friday according to and are expected to hit that number again on Friday before cooling down to mid 80’s on Saturday.

    Benicia reached 95 degrees on Thursday and are expected to reach as high as 98 degrees on Friday and 91 degrees on Saturday. The Benicia library will be open as a cooling center on Friday from noon until 8 p.m..

    Livermore is likely to be the hottest spot in the region, with highs Thursday forecast for 106 degrees, down from the record-setting 110 that was the high on Wednesday. Brentwood in far east Contra Costa County also is expected to get to 106. Concord is forecast to reach 104

    The South Bay won’t lag behind. Morgan Hill, one of the hottest spots in the Santa Clara Valley, is also expected to reach 104 on Thursday. San Jose is expected to fall just a couple degrees shy of 100, peaking at 98.

    The weather service extended an excessive heat warning in effect since Tuesday another 24 hours, until July 10 at 11 p.m. A red-flag warning for extreme fire conditions in the East Bay Hills and Santa Cruz Mountains was extended until 9 p.m. Saturday.

    The heat caused the city of Antioch to cancel its annual Fourth of July parade.

    “There might be a tiny bit of light at the end of the tunnel about the middle of next week,” NWS meteorologist Joe Merchant said. “This extreme heat is going to be holding on inside the interior and the high elevations through the weekend at least.”

    Merchant said that a high-pressure system that built off the coast continues to be rather stagnant.

    “It’s gradually moving east, real gradually,” he said. “But even on the backside of it, we’re not getting much relief. There’s nothing that’s exerting any pressure on it or pushing it.”

    The system is a vast one, Merchant said, and the triple-digit heat is expected to make for another challenging day for firefighters battling the Thompson Fire in Butte County. It had burned 3,568 acres and was 7% contained early Thursday, according to Cal Fire. Authorities have evacuated 28,000 people.

    Locally, ConFire crews put out a vegetation fire adjacent to state Highway 4 just after midnight. The blaze caused authorities to close the highway in both directions for several hours.

    The brief 3-4 degree cool off will be a one-day only event. On Friday, temperatures are expected to gain the degrees they lost on Thursday. Temperatures as high as 110 degrees in some areas could be in play for Friday, according to the weather service.

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