Valley about to be baked in summer's first heat wave

The Fresno BeeJune 27, 2014 

A man waiting for his bus on Blackstone Avenue in Fresno, tries warding off some of the sweat with an umbrella and paper napkin, as he reads a book during the heat wave, June 9, 2014

JOHN WALKER — Fresno Bee Staff Photo

A sweltering heat wave of triple-digit temperatures is poised to bake the Valley beginning Sunday.

In response, cooling centers will open in Fresno, Madera, Visalia and Clovis.

The cause of the hot spell is high pressure moving over the state, which will cause calm conditions in the skies over the Valley. With little in the way of breezes, the air will stay warm and heat up quickly.

On Sunday the forecast high for Fresno is 100 degrees. But then the thermometer zooms up: Monday the high temperature is expected to hit 105, and Tuesday it could reach 107, according to the National Weather Service in Hanford.

The temperatures aren't expected to break any records, but it is possible records could be tied, said William Peterson, a meterologist technician at the National Weather Service.

On Wednesday and Thursday, temperatures will reach 108, close to breaking the record of 110 degrees for those dates.

Fresno will have four cooling centers open from noon to 8 p.m. on days with temperatures higher than 105.

The cooling centers are at Frank H. Ball Neighborhood Center, 760 Mayor Ave.; Ted C. Wills Community Center, 770 N. San Pablo Ave.; Mosqueda Community Center 4670 E. Butler Ave.; and Pinedale Community Center 7170 N. San Pablo Ave.

Clovis will use the Sierra Vista Mall as a cooling center.

Visalia will open its transit center Monday through Wednesday as a cooling center from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The transit center is located at 425 E. Oak Ave. The city will re-evaluate the weather on Tuesday to determine if the cooling center will open further into the week.

Two cooling centers will be open in Madera for days with tempertures that exceed 105 degrees or any consecutive 100-degree days.

The Madera cooling centers are the Frank Bergon Senior Center, 238 S. D St., which will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Pan American Community Center, 703 E. Sherwood Way, will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The reporter can be reached at smartin@fresnobee.com or @SharonBMartin on Twitter.

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