Fresno's summer-like temps to give way to cooler days

The Fresno BeeMarch 16, 2014 

Sunday's high in Fresno hit 84, making it the warmest day of the year. But it wasn't hot enough to break a record.

The high was 4 degrees short of Fresno's record high of 88 for the date set back in 1972, said meteorologist Jim Andersen with the National Weather Service in Hanford.

Sunday's summer-like temperatures, caused by a high pressure system, was well above the average temperature of 68 degrees for this time of the year.

"We're looking at 16 degrees above normal," Andersen said. "It feels like summer."

The summer-like temperatures are expected to give way to cooler temperatures in the mid-70s for the next few days beginning today. Overnight lows will remain in the upper 40s to low 50s.

In the foothills and Sierra communities, daytime highs will be in the mid-50s to mid-60s. Shaver Lake is expected to reach 61 today, with the overnight low dipping to near freezing.

Unfortunately for the parched San Joaquin Valley, no rain is in the forecast for at least the next week.

Since July 1, Fresno has recorded just 3.43 inches of rain. The seasonal average for this time of year is 9.03 inches.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6659, or @DianaT_Aguilera on Twitter.

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