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Kids brace themselves as a large bucket dumps water on them at Rankin Aquatic Center in Martinez, Calif., on Thursday, June 27, 2013. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Staff)

Swimming pools across the region have been filled with kids and adults trying to beat the heat as temperatures hovered in the triple-digit range. At Rankin Aquatic Center in Martinez, Matt Brallier, of Martinez, above, catches big air as he jumps off the diving board and plunges toward the cool water. The bucket drop at the swim center, right, is always a magnet, attracting groups of kids under the cascade of water. Temperatures in the Bay Area -- and throughout the West -- have been hot all week, and are finally supposed to moderate a bit by the weekend.

JOSE CARLOS FAJARDO/Staff photos




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