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Thursday’s heat could bring a record 92 degrees to the Santa Clara Valley

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) — People visiting the South Bay experienced a warm Wednesday evening, with even warmer temperatures expected to hit Thursday.

Temperatures are expected to climb into the 90s for the Santa Clara Valley.

The fountains in Plaza de Cesar Chavez in downtown San Jose roar and provide much-needed relief.

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In San Pedro Square, warm weather on Wednesday prompted people to dine outside.

“I was inside most of the day, so I really didn’t realize how hot it was,” San Jose resident Ken Piccolo told ABC7 News. “But knowing the evening was comfortable got us out.”

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In Santa Clara, the heat helped Shenise Baker and her family plan their spring break activities.

“We love being outdoors. So camping is on the list. And hiking is on the list,” Baker explained. “Other than that, yoga and meditation on the beach.”

The sun, she says, is a welcome sight for her family who recently moved from Atlanta. Baker said this is an area currently experiencing extreme weather conditions. Of course, here at home, the scorching temperatures also come with serious concerns.

Golden Gate Weather Services certified consulting meteorologist Jan Null said, “We are about a season and a half behind in precipitation. the next winter or two.”

San Jose resident Jenny Ludwig shared, “Hopefully it’s going to rain, but it doesn’t look like it anytime soon.”

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Meteorologist Null said he expects the heat to subside fairly quickly next, but only after a brief period of unusually hot weather, continued drought and dry fuel.

“The biggest impact in the next few days will be to exacerbate the fire danger,” he told ABC7 News. “The fuels are, they’re not terrible, but they certainly dry out pretty, pretty quickly.”

Null said the hills around the Bay Area are already starting to see brown spots, where there was plenty of green just a few weeks ago.

“So that’s going to be the permanent problem from now until the next rainy season,” he continued.

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