SAN JOSE -- For those who wilt in scorching heat, Monday was the day to head to the coast or toward the bay.

Inland temperatures soared into the 90s, with Gilroy landing around 96 degrees. In Alameda County, Livermore hovered around the 100-degree mark, according to the National Weather Service. Concord and Morgan Hill also sizzled into the high 90s.

San Jose fell well below its record temperature, set at 100 degrees in 1996. Monday's high of 92 degrees, however, did not provide much reprieve for those seeking some cooler temps, even in the shade.

But the Bay Area's microclimates offered an easy escape, with Santa Cruz and San Francisco hitting just 75 degrees.

As forecasters said of the heat inland, "close but no cigar."

"The farther away from the bay, the warmer it's going to be," said Diana Henderson, a forecaster with the National Weather Service.

Monday was expected to be the "zenith" of this heat wave, with temperatures cooling down by about 10 degrees Tuesday, Henderson said.

With clear nights and sunny days the rest of the week, temperatures are expected to remain in low to mid-80s throughout much of the Bay Area through Friday, with inland temperatures hitting the low 90s.

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