The heat dome shattering temperature records in much of the United States is heading southwest, the National Weather Service in Hanford said.
Valley residents can expect sunny, triple-digit days through Thursday, with highs hovering between 102 and 104 and breezy evenings with lows between 70 and 72.
Jim Andersen of the weather service said the heat dome’s movement from east to west reverses the typical pattern. While the pattern is atypical, it’s not bringing extreme heat hazards or strange weather phenomena to the Valley.
This triple-digit heat wave is expected to be nine to 11 degrees below the record highs for July 22-25, set in 2006 by four consecutive days that broiled the Valley with temperatures between 112 and 113 degrees. Since NOAA does not predict highs reaching or passing 105, Fresno cooling centers are not expected to open.
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Andersen is confident that Fresno residents can handle the temperatures in the coming week because they’re more acclimated to the heat than people from the Midwest.
“Is this Armageddon? No, for us it’s pretty much business as usual,” Andersen said.