Valley gets a rare summer sprinkle

The Fresno BeeJuly 19, 2012 

Remnants of Hurricane Fabio dropped scattered sprinkles across the Valley Thursday but mostly left the region shrouded under low-level clouds, the National Weather Service in Hanford said.

"The sprinkles were more of a nuisance than anything else and I am sure there were lots of people washing their cars today," said weather service meteorologist Kevin Durfee.

Hurricane Fabio blew in from the eastern Pacific but "died a quick death" when the storm hit cooler waters flowing south from Alaska. What was left of the storm was then forced into Central California, Durfee said.

The storm did not produce measurable precipitation in Fresno, but nearly two-hundredths of an inch fell in Bakersfield and Wasco.

Balmy temperatures from earlier in the week were replaced Thursday by a high of 96, and the mercury will soar as the weekend wears on, Durfee said.

"It is going to get hot," he said. "It will be right at the century mark and we will have triple digits through Tuesday."

But the Valley may get a reprieve from the heat on Thursday, Durfee said.

"We are going to gradually trend back to normal -- 99 degrees -- by the end of next week," he said.

Today's high in Fresno should jump to 99. A high of 101 is forecast for Saturday and temperatures could hit 103 on Sunday and Monday.

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