Valley residents will watch springtime temperatures disappear and summer-like conditions arrive quickly for the Memorial Day weekend.
Although there is a slight chance for showers on Friday, the departing low pressure system will push any snow and rain to the east, the National Weather Service in Hanford said.
An incoming high pressure system will build in Northern California on Friday and move into Central California for the holiday weekend, forecaster Modesto Vasquez said. Valley temperatures will rise to 94 degrees on Friday and climb to 101 on Monday.
SHARE YOUR WEATHER PHOTOS: Tweet us @FresnoBee or email firstname.lastname@example.org
"There will be a slight warming each day until Tuesday, when temperatures will begin cooling back down," Vasquez said.
High temperatures in the Sierra will climb today to 65 to 70 degrees and hit 76 degrees on Memorial Day in Sequoia National Park and the surrounding areas.
"People should travel to the coast or up to the mountains to get away from the heat," Vasquez said.
There were some reports of rainfall throughout the Valley on Thursday, but Vasquez said only trace amounts were recorded in the South Valley and the foothills. "The city of Porterville received one-tenth of an inch of rain," he said.
Motorists heading northeast on Highway 168 from Clovis on Thursday night saw a show of lightning.
Big flashes lit up the foothills to the east, but no thunder was heard and no rain fell.
The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6659 or email@example.com.