Thousands take to the Santa Cruz beaches to escape the heat this Labor Day Weekend

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Thousands of people took to the Santa Cruz Main Beach Sunday to beat the heat and enjoy the cool water. Many visitors come from the Bay Area as well as the Central Valley. “I’m originally from Tracy. It’s really hot out there. It’s 107 I believe today,” said Victor. “We needed some fresh water out here you know. Me and my friends.”“It’s the 90s, so it’s better to be in the breeze and the ocean and see beautiful people around,” said Muda, a visitor from the Bay Area. Some visitors drive for hours to come and enjoy the coast.“We came yesterday. We left Livermore around nine. It took almost two hours to get here. There’s a lot of traffic for the Labor Day weekend so we got a hotel here to stay a couple nights so we didn’t have to do that everyday,” said Joshua. The National Weather Service is warning of dangerous heat at least into the middle of this week. Officials warning of extreme heat in many parts of the Bay Area, Santa Clara Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains, interior Monterey County, southern Salinas Valley and San Benito County.But for many in Santa Cruz today, spending time with family is the center of festivities this Labor Day Weekend. “Just spend time with the family. I think this is a family-oriented type of a holiday. Any holiday is family oriented. Just come together and enjoy the California sun,” said Michael from Salinas. Georgina and her family are from Fresno, and left their house at seven in the morning to make it to the beach. “I’m here with my little one, my cousins, and my husband’s side of the family,” said Georgina. Families making plans for the entire weekend, staying a couple nights, trying to stay cool. “We have a barbecue. Yesterday we spent time at the pier. And today’s all about the beach and the boardwalk. So once the kiddos get tired of playing in the water they are going to go to the boardwalk and ride some rides,” said Vanessa from the Bay Area. Some visitors are even in town from out of the country. “It’s my first time in California. I heard about California. It’s great. It’s my first time being here. Let’s see what we like more about this,” said Hari from Afghanistan. Officials warn that this extreme heat is serious and can be particularly dangerous to more vulnerable populations. Groups such as older adults, newborns, pregnant women and those with chronic illness. Experts say to stay hydrated, indoors or in the shade, and avoid strenuous activity during the hottest times of the day.

Thousands of people took to the Santa Cruz Main Beach Sunday to beat the heat and enjoy the cool water.

Many visitors come from the Bay Area as well as the Central Valley.

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“I’m originally from Tracy. It’s really hot out there. It’s 107 I believe today,” said Victor. “We needed some fresh water out here you know. Me and my friends.”

“It’s the 90s, so it’s better to be in the breeze and the ocean and see beautiful people around,” said Muda, a visitor from the Bay Area.

Some visitors drive for hours to come and enjoy the coast.

“We came yesterday. We left Livermore around nine. It took almost two hours to get here. There’s a lot of traffic for the Labor Day weekend so we got a hotel here to stay a couple nights so we didn’t have to do that everyday,” said Joshua.

The National Weather Service is warning of dangerous heat at least into the middle of this week.

Officials warning of extreme heat in many parts of the Bay Area, Santa Clara Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains, interior Monterey County, southern Salinas Valley and San Benito County.

But for many in Santa Cruz today, spending time with family is the center of festivities this Labor Day Weekend.

“Just spend time with the family. I think this is a family-oriented type of a holiday. Any holiday is family oriented. Just come together and enjoy the California sun,” said Michael from Salinas.

Georgina and her family are from Fresno, and left their house at seven in the morning to make it to the beach.

“I’m here with my little one, my cousins, and my husband’s side of the family,” said Georgina.

Families making plans for the entire weekend, staying a couple nights, trying to stay cool.

“We have a barbecue. Yesterday we spent time at the pier. And today’s all about the beach and the boardwalk. So once the kiddos get tired of playing in the water they are going to go to the boardwalk and ride some rides,” said Vanessa from the Bay Area.

Some visitors are even in town from out of the country.

“It’s my first time in California. I heard about California. It’s great. It’s my first time being here. Let’s see what we like more about this,” said Hari from Afghanistan.

Officials warn that this extreme heat is serious and can be particularly dangerous to more vulnerable populations. Groups such as older adults, newborns, pregnant women and those with chronic illness.

Experts say to stay hydrated, indoors or in the shade, and avoid strenuous activity during the hottest times of the day.

Contributed by local news sources

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