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How to Find Some Heat During the Summer 

Wednesday, Jun 3 2015
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The word "summer" often conjures up images similar to Katy Perry's "California Girls" music video — beach days, tanning oil, convertibles, and ice-cold margaritas — but real San Franciscans know summer isn't exactly the most idyllic of seasons in the City by the Bay. It's impossible to predict when the sun will pop out of the ever-present blanket of fog for any considerable amount of time, so we took it upon ourselves to compile a short list of weatherproof activities that will help you find some heat this summer.

Break a Sweat with Hot Yoga at Yoga Flow SF

Turn up the heat with some hot yoga. Not only does it train you to become more flexible, but each class ranges from 95 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit, ensuring you work up a sweat. Drop-in classes run $17 but if you are looking for a cheaper deal there are also donation-based yoga studios like Yoga to the People off 16th and Mission streets. With a small donation you can find yourself at the top of a building working up a sweat with a bunch of flexible strangers who are pretty much guaranteed to be better at striking a solid pose than you are. 385 Ashton Ave.; yogaflowsf.com

Shop Second Hand at Thrift Town

Digging through piles of secondhand clothes is a good way to stay warm. Not only will you break a sweat pacing up and down busy streets as you visit various locations in one day (as any good thrifter does) but you're bound to find some secondhand Northface gear for a quarter of the price, and I don't know about you but inexpensive, quality clothes really get me going. San Francisco has enough secondhand stores for you to make a day of it. Some stores like Buffalo Exchange and Crossroads Trading Co. will purchase your stylish summer clothes in exchange for cash or credit. Time to clean out your closet and collect that cash. 2101 Mission St.; thrifttown.com

Play Tourist and Find the Sun Elsewhere

Another way to get heated would be to leave San Francisco completely. Of course you can always hop on BART but if you wanted to take a more scenic trip, catching a ferry to the East Bay or hopping on the 76X Muni to the Marin Headlands is great way to escape the fog. There are a multitude of beautiful hikes and vantage points to enjoy outside of San Francisco and, as bonus, you may even see some wildlife while crossing the bay on the ferry. SF Bay Ferry; sanfranciscobayferry.com

Bust a Move at the Church of 8 Wheels

Not a fan of Tinder but looking for a way to heat up your night? Grab your roller skates and head on over to the Church of 8 Wheels off Fillmore at Fell Street. Don't have any roller skates? No worries, this church-turned-roller-rink provides a rental service. Church of 8 wheels is open Tuesday through Saturday 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Check the facility's website for special events and party nights, like Saturday's roller skating lessons at 1 p.m. 554 Fillmore St.; churchof8wheels.com

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