After the nine-day spell of triple-digit heat that include four record-breaking scorchers, Fresno residents are set to get a reprieve Monday when the high falls below 100 degrees.
The forecast calls for the city to reach 98 degrees – 10 degrees below the record of 108 set a week ago, said Bill Peterson of the National Weather Service office in Hanford.
Records were also set on June 18 (107), last Tuesday (110) and Thursday (109).
This past heat wave was also notable for how the evenings did not cool off much. Peterson said overnight lows ranged from 75 to 80 degrees. Normally the nights would cool down to the mid-60s, he said.
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The spell was a shadow of the 21-day heat wave Fresnans endured in 2005. That stands as the longest run of triple digits ever recorded in Fresno, Patterson said.
He noted that 100 degrees has been recorded in Fresno as early as April 23 and as late as Oct. 14. “So you are going to get these heat waves. It is nothing out of the ordinary,” he said Sunday.
The coming cool down allowed the NWS to end a heat advisory Sunday night that had been in place most of last week. It cautioned the young and old to stay indoors where it was cooler.
Daytime temperatures will remain in the mid-to-upper 90s all week, but the forecast shows next Sunday’s high to be 99. Peterson noted that could easily slip into 100 degrees.