Fresno tied a record for June 28 with a high temperature of 108, but the National Weather Service is predicting a break in the triple-digit heat by the weekend.
The high of 108 degrees for June 28 in Fresno also was reached in 2010, 2009 and 1973.
Tuesday’s forecast was for 107 – 12 degrees higher than the normal of 95. Tuesday morning’s low was 75.
A weather service forecaster said Wednesday’s heat would be a repeat of Tuesday. A cooling trend will begin Thursday, when the high will fall slightly to 104. It will be 101 on Friday, and then triple digits end as the forecast predicts a 99 on Saturday and 97 on Sunday.
Fresno’s five cooling centers were open from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday. The city plans to open the centers on Wednesday, which is forecast to have a high of 107.
Additionally, other Valley towns including Coalinga, Clovis, Fowler and Kerman are operating cooling centers this summer. The threshold for opening the centers generally is a temperature of around 105 degrees.
In the cities surrounding Fresno, temperatures are forecast to be in the range of 104 to 108.
During periods of intense heat, the weather service encourages people to remain indoors during daylight hours as much as possible.
“The biggest thing we try to tell people is limit your outdoor activities, whether sports or working outside,” weather service meteorologist Jerald Meadows said. “Drink plenty of water, take extra precautions.”
Meadows said people should not leave pets or children in a parked car, as temperatures can climb by up to 30 degrees within minutes.
“We’ve actually done experiments with cookies and hot dogs to see how quick those will really bake,” Meadows said. “It didn’t take very long – 20 to 30 minutes on the dash of the car.
“Weren’t the greatest cookies, but they were cooked,” Meadows joked.
Central San Joaquin Valley cooling centers
Fresno cooling centers open noon to 8 p.m.
- Romain Playground, 745 N. First St.
- Frank H. Ball, 760 Mayor Ave.
- Ted C. Wills Community Center, 770 N. San Pablo Ave.
- Mosqueda Community Center, 4670 E. Butler Ave.
- Pinedale Community Center, 7170 N. San Pablo Ave.
Clovis cooling center open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday
- Sierra Vista Mall, 1050 Shaw Ave.
Fowler cooling centers
- Edwin Blaney Senior Center, 108 N. Third St., Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Fowler City Council chamber, 128 S. Fifth St., Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hanford cooling centers
- Longfield Center, 560 S. Douty St., Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Kings Gospel Chapel, 805 W. Seventh St., Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Kerman cooling centers
- Scout Hut at Kerckhoff Park, Fourth & E streets, Monday to Friday, noon to 9 p.m.
- Kerman Library, 15081 W. Kearney Blvd., Monday, Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Thursday, noon to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Kerman Senior Center, 720 Eighth St., Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. 4 p.m.
Madera cooling centers
- Frank Bergon Senior Center, 238 S. D St., weekdays, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- Pan Am Community Center, 703 E. Sherwood Way, weekdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Mendota cooling center
- Mendota City Council chamber, 643 Quince St., weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Reedley cooling centers
- Sierra View Homes Retirement Community, 1155 E. Springfield Ave., noon to dusk daily
- Palm Village Retirement Community, 703 W. Herbert Ave., noon to dusk daily
Sanger cooling centers
- Sanger Senior Center, 730 Recreation Ave., weekdays, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Chamber of Commerce, 1789 Jensen Ave., Suite B, noon to 6 p.m.
Selma cooling center
- Selma Senior Center, 2301 Selma St., noon to 8 p.m.