Near-Record Temperatures as San Diego Heat Weave Continues into Weekend

California braces for severe heatwave through Labor day

But with the mercury still hitting triple digits, the slightly cooler weather "won't be very noticeable", the National Weather Service said.

Smoke from nearby wildfires will also linger to start the day but south winds may help to improve conditions later in the day.

The National Weather Service says the temperature in San Francisco reached 94 degrees even before noon Saturday, setting the heat record for September 2.

A statewide flex alert was issued by the California Independent System Operator asking consumers to conserve electricity on Friday from 1 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Temperatures that reached 108 F (42.2 C) in Sacramento on Friday are expected to shoot past 110 (43 C) on Saturday as a sweltering week continued.

An Excessive Heat Warning remains in effect throughout the region but now only goes through 9pm Sunday.

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Clouds, along with showers and thunderstorms are possible in portions of the Southwest and coastal California Sunday into early Monday. The smoke has added to air quality concerns.

The extreme heat sent Michelle Ogburn to a cooling center set up in Santa Clara's North Branch Library, one of many that were opened throughout the state.

The National Weather Service in Portland noted that if the current forecast verifies it will be the hottest Labor Day weekend on record there.

The cold front's movement will be evident throughout the rest of the week.

High temperatures Wednesday will be 77 to 82 degrees at the beaches, 89 to 94 inland, 94 to 99 in the western valleys, 100 to 105 near the foothills, 96 to 102 in the mountains and 111 to 116 in the deserts.

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