For the first time in nine days, Monday's high temperature in Fresno stayed below 70 degrees, the National Weather Service in Hanford reported.
But the Valley still has a chance for at least a couple more 70-degree days before a storm system brings a chance of rain to the region later this week.
Monday's temperature topped out at 69 degrees. That was still 14 degrees higher than the 55 that is the normal high for this time of the month. Last year, the high temperature for the date was 56.
The high for today and Wednesday is expected to reach 71 degrees, but for the first time this month there is a 20% chance of rain by Wednesday afternoon or evening.
By Thursday Fresno will have a 40% chance of rain, with the daytime high slipping to 65. The higher elevations will still have a 50% chance of rain Thursday night and possible lingering showers Friday, meteorologist Brian Ochs said.
Upper elevations near Yosemite have anywhere from a 70% to 100% chance of snow Thursday.
Temperatures in Fresno are expected to stay in the high 50s and low 60s starting Thursday. The average temperature for Thursday and Friday is 58.
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