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Fresno temperature matches 41-year record high for March 1

Akira Wynne, 4, rides the Speed Boats followed by her brother Nelse Wynne, 4, background, at a carnival in the Manchester Center shopping mall parking lot on a warm Sunday afternoon Feb. 28, 2016 in Fresno. The Valley has seen a string of dry warm days that could give way later this week to a chance of rain.
Akira Wynne, 4, rides the Speed Boats followed by her brother Nelse Wynne, 4, background, at a carnival in the Manchester Center shopping mall parking lot on a warm Sunday afternoon Feb. 28, 2016 in Fresno. The Valley has seen a string of dry warm days that could give way later this week to a chance of rain. ezamora@fresnobee.com

Afternoon temperatures in Fresno tied a record high on Tuesday just days before a weather system is expected to arrive on Thursday and lower temperatures for the rest of the week, the National Weather Service in Hanford said.

Tuesday’s high temperature hit 79 for the first time since 1975, the National Weather Service said. The normal high for the day is 65, and last year’s high was 64.

Wednesday is expected to have high of 77 before the temperature drops a few degrees to 70 on Thursday and 71 on Friday and Saturday, the National Weather Service said. The low temperature is expected to be 48 on Wednesday, 47 on Thursday and 49 on Friday.

There’s a chance of rain on Friday and early Saturday, then likely rain on Saturday night and a possible thunderstorm Sunday night, the National Weather Service said.

With rain likely this weekend, the high temperature will drop to 64 on Sunday and Monday, and 63 on Tuesday. The storm Sunday night is followed by a chance of rain on Monday and Tuesday, the National Weather Service said.

Razi Syed: 559-441-6679, @razisyed

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