Valley residents are in for another dry, hot week as temperatures will remain slightly above 100 degrees, with a potential break from the century mark beginning the first day of August, the National Weather Service in Hanford reports.
Fresno temperatures won’t break any records, but with this week’s seven-day addition of 100-plus-degree days, it could help surpass the average number of 100-degree days for the year, which is 36, making the overall summer hotter than normal.
National Weather Service meteorologist Christine Riley warned that although lakes and swimming pools might seem like a good break from the heat, being outside when the sun is at its hottest could prove dangerous.
“It’s important to stay hydrated and keep from drinking alcohol while engaging in water activities,” Riley said. “The hottest part of the day is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and that’s when we suggest that people refrain from outdoor activities or overexertion.”
In the recent wake of numerous fires that have erupted in Fresno, on highways and in the nearby foothills, Riley said the historic drought is contributing more to the flames than just heat.
“In the wake of the drought, grasses are extremely dry, creating fuel and prime conditions for fires,” Riley said.
The week’s forecast: Monday at 102 degrees, Tuesday at 103 degrees, Wednesday at 104, Thursday at 103 and Friday at 102, with weekend temperatures slightly cooler at the 100-degree mark.
Temperatures should return to normal for this time of year, in the upper 90s, starting in August, Riley said.
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