Sonoma County is getting some relief from the triple-digit temperatures that sent scores of residents indoors to air-conditioned malls and movie theaters over the weekend.
Temperatures today are expected to be about 3 to 7 degrees cooler compared to Sunday, the hottest day of this heat wave, which broke records across Sonoma County going back as much as a century, according to the National Weather Service.
Temperatures are expected to reach a high of 96 degrees today in Santa Rosa, 93 in Rohnert Park and 95 in Petaluma, National Weather Service meteorologist Charles Bell said. In Healdsburg and Windsor, respectively, the highs will reach 97 and 98 degrees.
“That’s going to hold the next couple of days,” Bell said about the slightly cooler temperatures.
Cloverdale, however, will remain in the triple digits Monday with a high of 101, Bell said.
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory until Thursday, when temperatures are expected to climb back into the low to mid 100s throughout the county. Bell said it’ll be a repeat of Sunday.
“Some locations will probably hit the same levels we hit on Sunday, other spots a few degrees cooler,” he said.
The 106 degree record set Sunday in Santa Rosa topped a previous record of 102 that stood since 1917, although the location where the current readings are taken has moved to Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport.
In Cloverdale, temperatures reached 110 this past Sunday, breaking the city’s previous high of 107 set in 1993.
Santa Rosa’s recreation and parks department will open its air-conditioned lobbies through the week to residents who need a place to stay cool. The Finley Recreation Complex will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Steele Lane Community Center will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meanwhile, the Person Senior Wing on West College Avenue will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Residents are invited to bring with them books, games and laptops. Wi-Fi will be available, city officials said.