Forecast shows heat wave coming to Merced

05/12/2014 9:28 PM

05/12/2014 9:30 PM

Get ready for a hot week.

For the first time this year, Merced will reach triple-digit temperatures.

According to the National Weather Service in Hanford, Merced will reach a high of 95 today and a high of 99 on Wednesday. Thursday is expected to be the hottest day of the week with a high of 103.

Temperatures are expected to drop down to the mid-80s by the weekend.

Jim Dudley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Hanford, said it is not unusual for Merced to see short periods of hot weather in May.

About this time last year, temperatures were in the high 90s. Record highs in the San Joaquin Valley for May are all over 100, Dudley said.

Rainfall any time in the near future is not likely. Dudley explained that although not impossible, it is rare to get any rainfall after early May.

Weather officials recommend following standard heat advisories and warnings as temperatures begin to rise. It is suggested that people to wear light clothing, stay out of the sun when possible and drink plenty of water.

Even if the weather isn’t considered super hot, it’s certainly a good idea to take precautions, Dudley said.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, higher temperatures could increase the number of heat-related illnesses and deaths. Heat waves can lead to dehydration and heat strokes. These are the most common cause of weather-related deaths, according to the agency’s site.

The EPA recommends taking extra care of younger children, older adults and people with medical conditions, as they are the most vulnerable to heat-related illness.

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