Valley high temperatures are expected to climb above 100 degrees today through Thursday, providing some of the hottest weather so far this summer and prompting the opening of cooling centers throughout the Valley.
With the relatively cool weather so far, said National Weather Service meteorologist Kevin Dufee, "we've been kind of spoiled most of the summer."
In response to the triple-digit heat, cooling centers in several Valley communities will open their doors. In Fresno, cooling centers will open from noon to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday at four locations: Ted C. Wills Community Center, 770 N. San Pablo Ave.; Frank H. Ball Neighborhood Center, 760 Mayor Ave.; Mosqueda Community Center, 4670 E. Butler Ave.; and Pinedale Community Center, 7170 N. San Pablo Ave.
Visalia will open a cooling center from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today through Thursday at the Transit Center, 425 E. Oak Ave.
Overnight temperatures for Tuesday through Thursday are expected to be in the high 60s to low 70s, Dufee said.
But, as is typical for Valley summers, it's a dry heat, Dufee said. "Humidity levels are going to be low enough that we don't have to worry about excessive heat warnings," he said.
The high temps are expected to give way to cooler weather over the weekend, Dufee said. "It's going to turn a lot cooler by the weekend," he said. "It could feel like early fall in some places."