Heat eases, expected to last until Friday

Fans flew off the shelves. Slip-and-slides vanished from stores. The most common Facebook posts seemed to be screenshots of cellphone weather apps showing the temperature.

People browsed aimlessly in supermarket vegetable sections; they sheltered in shopping malls.

And sitting in some welcome shade outside the Santa Rosa Costco, enjoying a breeze, Bill Brazeau, 45, confirmed the obvious: "Yes, it has been hot."

The mercury hit 92 degrees on Tuesday in Santa Rosa, the fifth straight day it rose above 90. It was the city's eighth-hottest July 2 since 1932.

In Healdsburg the temperature was 96; in Sebastopol, 89; in Ukiah 110; in Bodega Bay, 63; in Cloverdale 106; in Calistoga, 96; and in Sonoma, 90.

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