‘Roller coaster’ heat to continue through weekend

Breathe easy: the worst of the Valley’s abnormal record-setting spring heat has passed and will give way to breezy and cooler weather by Tuesday, putting an end to a “roller coaster” set of days.

Dan Harty, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Hanford, said Fresno’s high Friday of 91 degrees is the hottest temperature in the near-term forecast and resulted from a high pressure system making its way from the Pacific Ocean that toasted several Valley cities. Fresno’s high broke its 1986 record of 87 and was 22 degrees above the average high of 69. Bakersfield’s high of 93 also broke a decades-long record.

“It’s unusual for it to get this hot this early,” Harty said, adding it’s “not going to be as hot this weekend, but still going to be above normal.”

Saturday’s high in Fresno is expected to touch 82, with a slight increase to 84 on Sunday and 87 on Monday. Lows throughout those days are expected to be in the mid-50s.

Tuesday will be a different story — the high is projected to be a much-welcome 80.

Still, Fresno will continue to flirt with records through the weekend. Saturday and Sunday’s record highs of 85 and 87 were set in 1986 and 1969.

Several west Valley cities should also expect winds as high as 20 mph over the weekend, Harty said.