By Sean Bennett

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The summer sizzle is here and those temperatures are climbing fast as the first heat wave of the season moves in.

George Murray took advantage of the double digit weather to wash his car Friday morning.

“Just getting it done while the shade is still down, and the trees covering me before it gets to hot. Then, I got to be inside in the A/C,” he said.

The mercury is expected to rise, topping the triple digits mark for the next several days.

The walking path at Sacramento’s Discovery Park was full of joggers and bike riders trying to workout before it felt like an oven outside.

“Made sure to bring my water bottle, got some electrolyte chews,” said jogger Crissi Zito. “Don’t stay out here too long. Have a good time, breath, go slow.”

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch that begins Sunday afternoon and runs until Wednesday afternoon.

“Know your limits; listen to your body. If your body says ‘I don’t feel good, don’t feel right,’ go inside, get some shade, get some water,” said Zito.

The Sacramento Fire Department, along with the California Highway Patrol, practiced helicopter water rescues on the river Friday. It’s a drill that’s become invaluable.

“It’s a great opportunity for our guys to hone their skills,” said Dep. Fire Chief Lloyd Ogan. “There’s nothing more rewarding than getting somebody out of trouble. So our guys, they train hard for this stuff.”

The Sacramento Fire Department will have two boats patrolling the river over the next few days, from noon until dusk.

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