The expected record-setting high temperature did not develop Wednesday in Fresno due to high clouds streaming over Central California in advance of a coming storm.
Brian Ochs, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Hanford, said Fresno did not break its mark of 92 degrees, set in 1989. Forecasts had called for the high temperature to rise that high, but Ochs said the clouds tended to cool the air enough that the thermometer read 86 degrees at 4:30 p.m. That was still much warmer than the normal high for this time of year, which is 72 degrees.
The next change begins Thursday evening, when a chance of showers enters the forecast for the central San Joaquin Valley. Friday will be cloudy, with a 50 percent chance of rain. Showers remain forecast for Saturday and Sunday. All told, Fresno could receive nearly three-quarters of an inch of rain from the latest storm heading toward the Valley.
The storm is a warm system from Baja California, so the snow level will remain above 9,000 feet, Ochs said.
The NWS has issued a warning for thunderstorms for Friday and Saturday. Some hail is even possible.
Slight rain chances are forecast into Monday before clearing begins. Then another storm system is expected on Wednesday, Ochs said.