Triple-digit East Bay warmth causes issues for commuters, staff, and faculties


WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (KGO) — Highs from Nice Hill to Walnut Creek to Pittsburg are topping 100 levels, delaying the beginning of college for some youngsters, forcing staff to take precautions, and apparently making for a sizzling experience for some BART passengers.

“It may be 103 out right here at the moment,” mentioned Pittsburg resident Penny Luke.

She is fairly shut, give or take a couple of levels. That is why her niece and each different scholar at Pittsburg’s Highlands Elementary College is staying house on what must be the primary day of college.

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“They mentioned that they aren’t having faculty till Monday as a result of the air con is just not working but” she mentioned.

Penny acquired a telephone name alerting her yesterday. Jose Flores missed his message and introduced his youngsters to high school anyway.

“I simply walked in and the trainer let me know personally that the A/C was not working.”

Pittsburg Unified Superintendent, Dr. Janet Schulze, despatched out an e-mail to folks yesterday.

“I hope we will begin faculty on Monday, however I can not offer you a agency date till we have now confidence that the work is accomplished and the air is functioning,” the e-mail says.

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Pittsburg Unified is spending $1.9 million to improve the air con at Highlands Elementary.

The work was purported to be completed earlier than at the moment.

Dr. Schulze guarantees to maintain mother and father knowledgeable.

Meantime, you possibly can inform how depressing it was by keeping track of individuals working exterior, like a bunch of landscapers.

However, there have been additionally drawback inside. We acquired complaints concerning the warmth on BART vehicles throughout the morning rush.

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“Extremely popular. I imply I needed to take these off. The A/C by no means works,” in keeping with one passenger.

Others discovered the experience tolerable.

ABC7 Information checked by taking a hand-held thermometer on a BART prepare from Pittsburg/Bay Level to Nice Hill and again. The most popular temperatures had been on the platform at Nice Hill, the place we measured a 101-degree studying.

However the A/C was working effectively on each trains, and contained in the automobile it acquired as little as 83 levels. Nevertheless, that was at mid-morning with only some riders onboard.

A crowded BART prepare throughout morning rush hour would in all probability really feel a lot hotter.

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