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Forecast: Five straight days of 100 plus
Diane Hernandez, right, stays cool in the Manuel ValVerde Park water feature in Lathrop as she plays ball with her cousin Hector Hernandez. - photo by HIME ROMERO

Kristyn Blood had a list of things to accomplish on Friday.

Run a few errands. Exchange school clothes that didn’t fit her kids. Take care of things before the weekend finally arrived.

But when she actually got around to doing those things, breaking away from the scorching afternoon heat and finding a place that both she and her children could go cool off and have fun in the process was all that she could think about.

“It was just too hot outside for doing anything like that,” she said with a laugh – watching Drake, Ella Lyn and Georgianne gallop through the water feature at Library Park. “It’s amazing to have something like this here in Manteca. The lady that I was just talking to came all the way from Lodi because they don’t have any free fun in the sun like this. We’re lucky.”

According to Accuweather, the mercury is expected to hit 104 degrees by this afternoon – the fourth straight day with triple digit temperatures. A high pressure system hovering over the Northern half of the state is bringing the heat wave which is expected to bring temperatures in the 100’s through at least Wednesday. The official high in Manteca on Friday as measured at the Civic Center weather station was 103 degrees.

Blood said that she’s more than likely going to end up at Lincoln Pool before the weekend wraps up after buying a family pass at the start of the summer. She hasn’t ruled out heading to Lathrop to cool off in the San Joaquin River. Just staying inside of an air conditioned house, she said, is never a bad idea when things get like this.

“I’m ready to move out of this heat wave. I’m ready to move to the snow,” she said. “I hate the snow. My husband couldn’t believe it when I told him that, but I can’t stand it when it gets like this.”

Others, like Brandon Solis and Steven Venable, make do the best they can.

Friday afternoon after finishing up their second day at Manteca High School this year, the two walked comfortably down Center Street to get their target destination.

It isn’t the first time that they’ve had to traverse the streets of Manteca when it’s hot enough to fry eggs on the sidewalk – literally – and while they both said they’d rather be inside of an air conditioned house, carrying some water and not thinking about the heat makes it a little more bearable.

Venable – with long, shaggy hair and donning a wool hat – said that he’s been opting for the hybrid clothing style for several years now and is used to coping in the summer sun.

Solis, on the other hand, thinks about where he’d rather be.

“I feel like I’m melting out here,” he said. “When I have time we like to go down to the river in Ripon and swim – when it’s really hot outside like it is now. But I just carry around a bottle of water so I don’t get thirsty.

“I’m ready for this to be over. Ready for hoodie weather to get here.”