It's summertime in Fresno, and the heat's back on

The Fresno BeeJuly 13, 2014 

The World Cup's final match kept many people in air-conditioned homes or restaurants for part of Sunday in the Fresno area, sparing them from temperatures that crept back up past the century mark.

But when the match was over, people ventured out for some fresh air and cool treats.

"I don't mind (the heat)," said Victor Ortiz of Fresno, who drove to La Reina de Michoacan on East Belmont Avenue in central Fresno for some ice cream. "I like the triple-digits."

The temperature hit a high of 103 degrees in Fresno after a short, three-day cooler spell below 100.

The heat is expected to surge again Monday and Tuesday with forecasts of 108 and 105 degrees, respectively, before cooling down to around 100 by the end of the week, said meteorologist Modesto Vasquez of the National Weather Service in Hanford.

"A ridge of high pressure over the southwestern United States will bring above-normal temperatures for much of the week," Vasquez said.

At the same time, monsoon moisture will move into the area, bringing a chance of thunderstorms in the foothills and Sierra on Monday afternoon, he said.

By Friday, the temperature is forecast to fall to 100 degrees, only two degrees shy of the normal of around 98 this time of year.

Ortiz said he looks forward to the hot weather because he likes the change in seasons and the heat is "not real extreme."

All you need is flip flops and a pool to stay cool, Ortiz and his wife, Marla, said while waiting for their 4 1/2-year-old daughter to get an ice cone.

Jessica Vived and Nicole Dille left the house with their mothers after the World Cup for some frozen yogurt at Chosen Frozen Yogurt in northeast Fresno.

The weather wasn't keeping them indoors, and neither was Dille's pool or homemade ice cream in the freezer.

Vived said her family often drives to Millerton Lake to get away from the heat because her family doesn't have a pool. But the weather has been cooler lately, she said.

Yogurt shop owner Kim Lichti doesn't even look at the forecast anymore: "I know it's going to be hot."

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