Temperatures reached near-record highs Thursday as a heat wave swept across northern San Luis Obispo County.
The highest temperature recorded in the county Thursday afternoon was 110 degrees at Humbug Vineyards in south Paso Robles, according to local PG&E meteorologist John Lindsey. The Paso Robles airport and Windrose Farm both reported highs of 108 degrees. Parts of Atascadero reached 106 degrees.
The record high in Paso Robles for both July 6 and July 7 was 112 degrees set back in 1998, Lindsey said. There is a possibility that record could be broken Friday, Lindsey added.
An excessive heat warning begins at 9 a.m. Friday and will continue through Saturday for the county’s interior areas, including Paso Robles and Atascadero. The National Weather Service also warned of elevated fire risk during the heat wave.
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Avila Beach and Shell Beach are forecast to reach the low 80s over the weekend, Lindsey said. San Luis Obispo is expected to be in the mid-80s.
Precautions for high heat include drinking plenty of water, reducing time in the sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and having a plan to keep your family and pets cool. Also, never leave kids or pets in the car, even for a short time.