COSTA MESA — Shade, anywhere it was available, was the place to be Thursday as residents tried to cope with the first sweltering heat of the summer.
Costa Mesa offered the local senior center as a cooling zone, and the community pool was open briefly for some lap swimming, city officials said. The pool will be open today to non-lap swimmers.
Public safety officials in Newport-Mesa offered some general tips for people to avoid being too affected by the summer sun. The public should avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate, and should wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothes.
The National Weather Service said the high in Costa Mesa Thursday was 86 degrees. The weather along the coast in Newport Beach was only a few degrees cooler.
According to the weather service, temperatures are expected to drop through Sunday and return to seasonal averages by Monday. The heat was even more oppressive inland, getting into the triple digits, including up to 115 in the desert.