The central San Joaquin Valley will see small relief from triple-digit heat this week, with daytime highs climbing only into the upper 90s during the first half of the week through Tuesday.
Although forecasts call for 99 degrees in Fresno on both Wednesday and Thursday, William Peterson with the National Weather Service in Hanford said he wouldn’t be surprised if Fresno ended up seeing 101 on both days. “We’re just transitioning from higher pressure to lower pressure temporarily,” he said.
Smoke from the wildfires burning throughout California, including the Cedar Fire burning along the Kern and Tulare county lines, has contributed to an air quality alert. Peterson said that although it expires Monday, he expects a reissue from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.
Next Sunday the daytime high is expected to reach 95 degrees, but Peterson said after that it’s hard to tell if temperatures will stay that way.