Record high temperatures sweep the Valley

The Fresno BeeJanuary 24, 2014 

A lack of rain and above-normal temperatures in the San Joaquin Valley has led to scenes like this -- the Kings River as it flows into Pine Flat Lake, Jan. 20, 2014. No rain is expected locally in the next few days, and high temperatures are predicted to continue.

ERIC PAUL ZAMORA — Fresno Bee Staff Photo Buy Photo

Daytime high-temperature records were set throughout the central San Joaquin Valley Friday, according to the National Weather Service in Hanford.

A high of 78 degrees in Fresno was five degrees higher than the prior record of 73 degrees, set in 1953. It also tied the record high temperature for the month from Jan. 28, 1986.

Madera also experienced record-breaking temperatures. The high of 77 Friday broke the 2007 high of 65.

In Hanford, the high of 77 broke the 2007 record of 65.

The warmer-than-normal temperatures are caused by persistent high pressure over California that is sending storms north, and are expected to continue. No rain is in the forecast for the next few days.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6679 or bvaccari@fresnobee.com.

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