It is barely June, but the Fresno area will get some mid-summer heat this weekend.
Jim Bagnall of the National Weather Service in Hanford delivered the news Wednesday. He predicted highs of 101 by Friday and 103 by Sunday.
This early heat wave could produce temperatures 10 to 15 degrees over the average for this time of year, he said.
Bagnall predicted about a 20% chance of thunderstorms Thursday and Friday at elevations above 6,000 feet in the Sierra Nevada.
However, Bagnall dashed any hopes of that rain trickling down to the drought-stricken central San Joaquin Valley, which he said has no rain on the horizon.
Bagnall also shared the grim rain numbers for the water year, which ends June 30. "So far, we have had 4.81 inches," he said. "The average is 11.34 inches."
These unusually high temperatures underscore the importance of outdoor safety, especially when children are involved.
Fresno Fire Department spokesman Koby Johns said that leaving children or animals in a car -- even while its running -- is a risk.
"There have been incidents where people have stolen cars with children in them," he said. "The heat can cause a medical emergency in minutes. There's no errand that is worth the worst-case scenario."
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