"NEW RECORDS SET FOR THE DAY, MONTH AND ALL TIME!" tweeted the Bay Area National Weather Service Friday. And what a record San Francisco's was: The city recorded a temp of 106 degrees Fahrenheit, up three degrees over the previous all-time record set on June 14, 2000, and significantly higher than the city's previous record for Sept. 1: 90 degrees Fahrenheit, which was recorded in 1950, reports the AP. The temperature was only 10 degrees below the highest temperature recorded in America on Friday, notes the NWS, with Death Valley hitting 116 degrees. And the San Francisco Chronicle pointed out that even "those desert-dwelling folks at Burning Man" had a much cooler day, experiencing temperatures of about 94 degrees.
A break is coming for San Francisco, but not the region. The AP reports temperatures could be in excess of 110 on Saturday in Sacramento, with areas inland from the San Francisco Bay Area potentially notching 115, a temperature last recorded in 1950. San Francisco, however, will see a return to its cool-and-foggy normal, with a huge temperature drop into the 80s expected, followed by days in the 70s. The National Weather Service has attributed the heat wave to high pressure over the West, and sees more heat in the cards when remnants of Tropical Storm Lidia move north from Mexico's Baja California over the weekend. (Death Valley recorded a brutal heat milestone in August.)