Berkeley experiences triple-digit temperatures as excessive heat warning issued

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Triple digit temperatures are set to beat down on Berkeley this weekend, prompting the National Weather Service to issue an excessive heat warning for the city lasting until Monday night.

Berkeley residents will face upwards of 101 degrees on Friday afternoon, according to the Weather Channel, in addition to patchy smoke. The smoke is due to wildfires in the Central Sierra, according to the NWS Bay Area.

According to the NWS, however, the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden in the Berkeley Hills reached 105 degrees at 2:35 p.m., while South East Berkeley topped out at 100 degrees at 2:51 p.m.

Alameda County released a warning Thursday due to increased fire risk in the East Bay Hills from the high temperatures.

Berkeley has set up 11 cooling centers throughout the city “if you need a safe place to escape the heat,” read the city website. The drop in centers, primarily located at libraries and senior centers, will be open during normal operating hours.

The North and South Berkeley Senior Centers are open to a specialized audience of over 55 year olds from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but will be closed to the public on Saturday and Sunday. The Women’s Daytime Drop-In Center, located at 2218 Acton Street, is open to only women and children from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., but only on weekdays. 

The city asks that people limit any strenuous outdoor activities, drink water to stay hydrated and if you must work outside, take frequent breaks in a shady area. They also warn not to leave children or pets in cars unattended.

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Audrey McNamara is an assistant news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @McNamaraAud.