Mercedians may have been a little surprised Monday morning to see a faint curtain of raindrops greeting them on their drive to work.
Those who think the usually notoriously hot Merced summer is off to a slow start, however, may be in for a rude awakening by the end of this week.
While the temperature in Merced was around 75 degrees during the daytime Monday, National Weather Service meteorologists say the temperature could soar past 100 after Friday.
David Spector, meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said Merced received about "a trace" to "one hundredth of an inch" of rain Monday morning from a storm system that moved in from the northwest.
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The last part of that system is expected to move through the area today, with temperatures expected to reach the mid-80s.
Spector said "a cold and moist Pacific storm," such as Merced experienced Monday, is pretty rare for June. "But once it moves away, it warms up pretty quickly."
A high pressure system is expected to build over the Rocky Mountains and push into Northern California later this week. Temperatures are expected to climb into the 90s Wednesday in Merced and approach 100 degrees Friday.
Temperatures are expected to be slightly hotter toward Fresno "It looks like it's going to stay hot, at least (until) the middle of next week," Spector said.