Valley to see cooldown this week, chance of rain in Sierra

The Fresno BeeJune 22, 2014 

Maritza Coria, 5, cools off in the fountain at Fashion Fair Mall on June 22, 2014.

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The Pacific Northwest will share some of its cool weather with the San Joaquin Valley later this week when temperatures dip to just 90 by Thursday, the National Weather Service in Hanford said.

Monday and Tuesday will still be hot, said meteorologist Carlos Molina at the National Weather Service in Hanford. Monday's temperature in Fresno is expected to be 97 with a slight increase to 98 on Tuesday. Those highs are five to seven degrees above average for mid-June.

Coalinga and Avenal may hit the century mark Monday and Tuesday, but overall Valley highs will remain in the upper 90s, Molina said.

The cool-off will begin Wednesday, when the high is expected to reach 95.

By Thursday, a "disruption" from the Pacific Northwest is expected to reach the region, bringing cloudy skies and dropping the daytime high in Fresno to just 90, Molina said. The mountains near Yosemite may see a 20% chance of rain.

Winds in the mountains may also increase Wednesday and Thursday, Molina said.

The strongest gusts could be up to 40 mph in the west side of the Valley, said meteorologist Christine Riley. Those would arrive Thursday near Pacheco Pass, she said.

Overnight lows in the Valley will remain in the mid 60s throughout the week.

By Friday, the high in Fresno is expected to be 93, just below the average temperature for mid-June.

The air quality for Fresno County is expected to be moderate on Monday and good in Tulare, Kings and Madera counties.

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

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