The unofficial kickoff to summer is here, according to Jeff Barlow with the National Weather Service office in Hanford, as Valley temperatures will rise to 100 degrees Tuesday for the first time in 2016.
Thanks to a high-pressure system settling over the West this week, much of the Valley will be much warmer than normal for this time of year, Barlow said.
With clear skies and hot afternoons, Tuesday will usher in a five-day heat wave of 100-plus temperatures, Barlow said.
Although highs will be well above normal for this time of year, they won’t reach Valley records. The normal high for Fresno in early June is 88 degrees, but the highest temperatures on record for the week fluctuate between 105 to 110 degrees.
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“It’s going to be hot, hot, hot,” Barlow said, “with even overnight temperatures staying fairly warm.” Temperatures overnight will be in the 60s.
Wednesday and Thursday are predicted to have highs of 103 degrees, with Friday set as the hottest this week at 105; it could be 107 in spots. Saturday will see 103, and a cool down is predicted for Sunday, at 97 degrees, and Monday, at 94 degrees, Barlow said.
Summer officially begins on June 20.
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2016’s first heat wave in Fresno
Tuesday high: 100 degrees
Source: National Weather Service