SF Bay Area Fil-Ams cope with record breaking heatwave

By Rommel Conclara, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

May 15, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – The San Francisco Bay Area is usually known for its cool temperatures but beginning on Monday, kababayans in the area experienced unusually warm weather for this time of year.

The National Weather Service says the Bay Area had record high temperatures during the heat wave’s peak on Wednesday. San Francisco hit 88 degrees, breaking a record for the same day set in 1922. And the city of San Jose hit 94 degrees, breaking a same-day record set in 1905.

So to beat the heat, what did the kids of the West Bay Pilipino Multi-Center in San Francisco decide to do? They decided to make and sell strawberry lemonade.

Other kababayans say there are other ways to survive the heat wave.

“We drink some cold water to be cool in the hot weather,” San Francisco native, Christine Mallarri, said.

“I usually leave the place where I’m at and then go to another cooler room or another building,” Jamie S., also of San Francisco, said.

“I usually eat ice cream and it makes me feel refreshed and happy,” Jill Cruz of Daly City said.

“I enjoy drinking a nice cold beer, sub-zero preferably, and it makes me feel relax, chill, and mellow,” Paolo Fonancier said.

Experts share some safety tips when you’re out in the sun.

Make sure you are wearing loose-fitting clothes and avoid dark colors because they absorb heat. If you exercise, do your workout indoors and do it in the early morning or evening when it’s cooler. Don’t keep your kids or pets in the car, even when you crack a window, because it will get hot very fast. And of course, drink plenty of water and sport drinks to replace salts lost from sweating.

Meantime, the sizzling summer season is only expected to bring in more heat waves in the state of California prompting an early fire season in the state.

What’s worse is that according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the entire state of California is in a severe drought.

High winds and temperatures continue to fuel California fires.

The fire season began this week with all California counties on wildfire alert, except for three.

Officials ordered another round of evacuations early Thursday north of San Diego from at least nine fires that have consumed a 14-square mile area of Southern California.

Temperatures are expected to return to normal by the weekend.

You can contact Rommel Conclara at rommel_conclara@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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