Capitola Beach lifeguard Ian Richardson, a recent transplant from Santa Monica, had plenty to keep an eye on Thursday as crowds flocked to the shore in search of relief from the heat. (Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)
The heat wave sweeping California made Thursday a particularly good day for ice cream in Capitola Village for 6-year-old Daxton Marin of San Jose. (Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)
Parrot Elvis was happy to have left his building Thursday, taking in the sights and sounds at cool Capitola Beach. (Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)
With temperatures soaring Thursday in Santa Cruz, Jasper Zion rests in the shade in the San Lorenzo Park benchlands encampment.