Record temps to ease briefly in days ahead

rgiwargis@mercedsunstar.comMay 18, 2013 

— As Mercedians start to recover from the weekend's record-breaking heat, meteorologists have some good news — lower temperatures are in store for the days ahead.

"We've got a weather system that's moving in Tuesday that will cool us off a few degrees," said Cindy Bean, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Hanford.

Sunday and Monday were record-breakers in Merced, Bean said. On Sunday, the area reached a high of 98 degrees, breaking the previous record, set in 2012, of 96 degrees.

It reached 97 degrees Monday, shattering last year's record of 91 degrees, Bean said. The National Weather Service has kept temperature records for Merced for the past 15 years, Bean noted.

"It's warmer than normal, and we've been in this pattern for the last month," Bean said. "When we get under this high pressure, it's like a mountain of air pushing down on us."

The week ahead will bring much-needed relief to Merced, and another system moving in Thursday will continue the cooling pattern.

"As we push the high pressure out of the way, we're going to continue to cool off and allow the lower pressure to come in," she said. "It looks like it will bring some cooler weather and maybe some breezy conditions."

Today's high is predicted to hit 92 degrees, with 89 degrees Wednesday, Thursday dropping to 85 and Friday topping out at 81 degrees.

But enjoy it while it lasts, because Bean expects a return to the higher temperatures over the weekend.

Reporter Ramona Giwargis can be reached at (209) 385-2477 or rgiwargis@mercedsunstar.com.

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