The weather in much of the north Valley will cool down through the weekend before it spikes back up to triple digits heading into the Fourth of July week, according to predictions from the National Weather Service in Hanford.
The high topped out in the mid-90s Monday in Merced and Chowchilla, but the temperature is expected to creep lower until Friday, said meteorologist Gary Sanger. By the beginning of next week, unseasonably warm highs are forecast to push the thermometer over 100.
“In other words, don’t put your fan away yet,” he said.
Temperatures in the high 90s to 100 degrees and above exceed normal readings for this time of year by 5 to 8 degrees, Sanger said, depending on the day and location.
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The overnight lows are expected to stay in the high 50s and low 60s.
The cooler weather later this week comes thanks to breezes pushing cool marine air through Pacheco Pass.
People who commute along Interstate 5 and Highway 152 should be aware of high winds expected Wednesday and Thursday, Sanger said. Winds will reach speeds of 35 mph and possibly up to 40, especially on the West Side, according to predictions.
“There might even be some blowing dust given how dry the fields are,” he said.
The lack of rain has left farmland unusually dry. Other land was left fallow by farmers.
There is no rain in sight for growers in the Valley, Sanger said, but a thunderstorm is possible Thursday at high elevations in Yosemite National Parkp.
Most of the park is open now, as the busy tourist season has begun and will continue through about October. It is not unusual to get rain occasionally, usually as afternoon thundershowers at the higher elevations.
Yosemite staff said there is the potential for some of the park’s attractions, especially waterfalls, to dry up later in the season.