Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Heat record falls in summer scorcher

Kodiak Bryant, 5, left, and his brother Kaelen, 7, are all smiles Monday under the water at Manor Pool in Slide Hill Park. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo

From page A1 | July 02, 2013 |

Davis’ oppressive heat wave will continue through the week, weather forecasters say, piggybacking on the record of 114 degrees set Sunday for June 30.

But 114 is nothing, really. The hottest temperature in Davis’ history is 116, recorded July 17, 1925. Whew!

Broiling temperatures are expected all week, AccuWeather says: 110 today, 105 on Wednesday and 104 on the Fourth of July. By Friday, the string of 100-degree days is expected to end, with a reading of 96, followed by 96 on Saturday and Sunday.

Monday’s high in Davis was 105, well short of the record of 111 set in 1950.

As the heat rises, so does the air quality index, which ranges from moderate to unhealthy for sensitive groups this week, the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District reports. The AQI is predicted to hit the unhealthy level Thursday and Friday, meaning children and the elderly are advised to stay indoors.

This week’s sizzling highs put last year’s high of 102 degrees to shame. Furthermore, Sunday’s temperature tops the record for hottest temperature between June 15 and July 15, which was 113 degrees and occurred on July 14, 1972. The streak of 100-degree days might not match the nine-day streak that occurred in 1996, but that stretch of misery happened in August, when temperatures are warmer overall.

Most came from the UCD campus, which over the weekend hosted the Special Olympics of Northern California’s annual Summer Games. Fire Chief Nathan Trauernicht said fire crews responded to five heat-related calls during the two-day event, with most of the victims suffering from heat exhaustion during the mid-afternoon hours.

Davis Fire Department spokeswoman Evelyn George said firefighters treated a Sonoma man in his 80s who had been in the heat for several hours Saturday at West Manor Park in West Davis. He was transported to Sutter Davis Hospital for treatment.

High temperature records throughout California are being shattered in this heat wave, with Lancaster’s 113 degrees Sunday breaking a record of 105 set in 1950 and Paso Robles’ 110 degrees breaking a 1996 record of 107.

So far, PG&E hasn’t had problems supplying power to all those air-conditioners. But Cal ISO, the state’s utility grid operator, issued a Flex Alert through Tuesday evening — based on continued triple-digits temperatures and an outage at a Northern California generating unit — asking residents to avoid using major appliances until after 6 p.m.

PG&E recommends setting thermostats at 78-80 degrees when residents are home and 85 degrees when they’re away, and using microwaves instead of traditional ovens. Keep window blinds and curtains closed to prevent sunlight from heating the home.

The city does not plan to open any “cooling centers,” Deputy City Manager Kelly Stachowicz announced Monday. But she added, “We do encourage people to use public facilities that are currently open if they need to get out of the heat, specifically the library and then the different pools that are around town.”

Stachowicz also noted that if there is a power outage, the city most likely would work with PG&E to open a cooling center, probably at the Senior Center, 646 A St.

Stachowicz also said the city is modifying its outdoor summer programs for children, moving kids indoors and changing the activities to avoid strenuous exercise and heat exposure. Groups affected include Rainbow Summer, Summer Quest, Voyagers and Kids in the Kitchen.

Davis Community Meals’ Resource Center on H Street was open to the homeless Sunday afternoon, executive director Bill Pride said and may be open Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons as well.

Local air-conditioning companies are doing a brisk business.

“All five (phone) lines have been lit, and we’ve had people standing at the counter,” said Mark Blake of Blake’s Heating & Air. “It’s been absolutely crazy.”

David Krueger of Greiner Heating & Air echoed the sentiment. He said the company responded to service calls all day Saturday and Sunday.



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