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State Heats Up--Bay Area Hits 98, Palm Springs 123

August 02, 1993| Times Wire Services

Soaring temperatures Sunday throughout California set records for the date in the San Francisco Bay Area and heated Palm Springs to a sizzling 123 degrees.

The Los Angeles area simmered in the 90s and low 100s, about the same temperatures as in the usually cool and cloudy Bay Area.

By 4 p.m., downtown San Francisco hit 98 degrees, surpassing the high for the date, 88 degrees, set in 1987. San Francisco International Airport hit 99 degrees, 10 degrees above the high set in 1975.

"It has been hotter," said Claudia Bell of the National Weather Service. "The downtown San Francisco record is 103, and it's not going to reach that today."

By afternoon, San Jose had reached 105 degrees, up from a 97-degree record set 16 years ago.

Downtown Oakland reached 93 degrees, breaking a 1980 record of 91. At the Oakland Airport, a high of 95 degrees was recorded, breaking a high of 90 set in 1946.

And at Moffett Naval Air Station, 101-degree heat broke the record of 93 set in 1980.

In Los Angeles the heat was expected to continue until midweek, with low temperatures in the upper 50s and 60s expected Sunday night.

The high in downtown Los Angeles was 91 degrees, above normal for the date but well under the record of 99 degrees set in 1959, a National Weather Service spokesman said. Santa Clarita reported 105 degrees.

The desert areas reached a high of 126 in Death Valley.

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