Fresno faces more triple-digit days this week

The Fresno BeeJuly 6, 2014 

Clouds that hovered over the Valley on Sunday helped lower temperatures by a few degrees and some monsoon moisture even brought a little rain to the Sierras, but Fresno was still pummeled by a triple-digit high for the eighth day in a row.

And now it looks like temperatures won't drop below the century mark anytime soon.

The high on Sunday in Fresno was 103, said meteorologist Jim Dudley of the National Weather Service in Hanford.

"It's funny how 103 doesn't feel so bad when you have had 105 and 107" degree days, Dudley said.

Today's high is forecast at 107, which means area cooling centers should be open.

The triple-digit weather is expected to continue this week with a high of 108 forecasted for Tuesday The coolest day will be Friday at 100 degrees. The temperature is forecast to creep back up to 103 on Saturday.

A shift in the wind over the weekend brought moisture from the southeastern part of the country into the Valley, he said.

More than a half inch of rain was reported at Bear Peak in southeastern Tulare County and sprinkles were seen at Camp Nelson northeast of Porterville, in Three Rivers and in Bakersfield.

"Normally, our wind comes from the Pacific during summer," Dudley said. "Now, there's a southeast wind that comes up from Mexico and areas down there so that's how we get summertime thunderstorms."

Although there was moisture on Sunday, don't expect any clouds today, Dudley said.

Cooling centers are scheduled to remain open. Bus transportation to and from the cooling centers is free.

The city of Fresno cooling centers are open noon to 8 p.m. and are located at:

  • Ted C. Wills Community Center, 770 N. San Pablo Ave.
  • Frank H. Ball Neighborhood Center, 760 Mayor Ave.
  • Mosqueda Community Center, 4670 E. Butler Ave.
  • Pinedale Community Center, 7170 N. San Pablo Ave.

Clovis' Sierra Vista Mall, located at 1050 Shaw Ave., serves as a cooling center from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Madera County cooling centers are located at:

  • The Madera Rescue Mission, 332 Elm St., Madera.
  • Frank Bergon Senior Center, 238 S. D St., Madera, open 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Pan-American Community Center, 703 E. Sherwood Way, Madera, open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Ranchos/Hills Seniors Center, 37330 Berkshire Drive, Madera, open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Visalia Transit Center, at 425 E. Oak Ave., is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Hanford's Longfield Center, at 560 S. Douty St., is open from 1 to 9 p.m.

The Chowchilla Senior Center, 820 W. Robertson Blvd., is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6495, or @bonhialee on Twitter.

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