Fresno just missed reaching its first triple-digit temperature of the year Monday when the thermometer stopped at 99 degrees.
But Tuesday offers a new chance for the heat, as Fresno’s high is forecast to be 101.
While the heat wave is occurring before the Memorial Day holiday, it is not the quickest Fresno has ever reached triple digits. The earliest date for a 100-degree temperature in Fresno is April 23, 1910.
After Tuesday, a cooling trend begins that will take the Valley down nearly 20 degrees by the end of the week. Friday’s high is forecast at 82 degrees.
The Valley is at Level 3 (orange) potential heat risk, meaning moderate risk for those sensitive to heat.
Meanwhile, the weather service has issued a flood warning for the Merced River near the Pohono Bridge in Yosemite National Park.
Flooding is possible at many places as rivers rise, the weather service said.
Some rivers remain closed by authorities, such as the Tule River in Tulare County and the lower Kings River. Authorities say to stay away from the river’s edge around whitewater and swiftly flowing water.
Three people have drowned in the Tule River, two people drowned in the Kaweah River and an 18-year-old Fresno boy, Neng Thao, a senior at Edison High, drowned in the San Joaquin River on Saturday.
Meanwhile, PG&E issued tips on how to lower air cooling costs.
For instance, change air filters when they get dirty to reduce energy use.
Other tips include using better window shades to keep out the sun, use of fans instead of air conditioning, and raise the thermostat a few degrees. Each degree can save $85 a year, the public utility said.