San Diegans coping with heat wave during pandemic

Posted at 4:35 PM, Aug 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-14 20:18:43-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego is facing an Excessive Heat Warning Friday through Monday night, affecting businesses working outdoors and families working and teaching from home.

The state issued a Flex Alert for Friday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. to relieve the power grid. Californians are encouraged to use major appliances before 3 p.m., turn off lights, and set the air conditioning to 78 degrees or higher.

Many San Diegans escaped the heat by heading to the bay where temperatures were much cooler.

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"I'm getting ready to get in the water with my kayak," Diane Valdez said. She said she woke up this morning in Kensington and noticed the heat, making it an easy decision to pack up and head to the water.

Valdez works at home for The Rock Church and has been trying several things to stay cool, "we put on the a/c every now and then, I have fans going on, we do some tea some lemonade, I sit outside on my patio when I work."

Arina Lee took her son and nephew out to Mission Bay Park to find some relief as well, "we're trying to get away from the East side of San Diego and catch this nice coastal breeze."


Lee is an essential worker, she works with disabled kids on behavioral therapy, and before her night shift, she wanted to take the kids out to get a dose of nature.

"We had a fantastic day, we played with June bugs, we got to skateboard ... Not only homeschooling but trying to keep summer activities going on. I, fortunately, have a pool so I get to sneak out there and do that, but that doesn't cover the outdoor nature experience they need," Lee said.

Further inland from the park, Sport Clips barbers were working hard outside back in the parking lot under a tent.

"It was pretty brutal yesterday," Barber Michael Celatka said. He said Friday afternoon was better thanks to a light breeze.

He said they're one of the only barbershops open in Clairemont because of the pandemic, many can't work outside.

Client Alex Becker said he was excited to finally get a haircut, "it’s been about two months, normally I get my hair cut once a month but it’s been desperate times."

Becker said he was thankful for the work Celatka was doing.

Celatka said the heat has impacted their schedule, "we’re normally open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. so we adjusted it today and tomorrow 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m."

Everyone finding ways to cope with the extreme weather during an uncomfortable time.