UPDATE - The National Weather Service issued a statement late this afternoon, advising residents of the northern San Joaquin Valley and the Sacramento area to expect intense heat for the remainder of the week.
The weather service said a strong high-pressure area is building over Northern California, pushing temperatures above normal levels. High temperatures should peak in the region Thursday and Friday between 104 and 110 degrees. Overnight lows are expected in the mid-60s to mid-70s.
The Sierra foothills and higher elevations will also feel the heat. Highs will range from the mid-90s to 108, with overnight lows from the 60s to lower 80s.
It wasn’t quite hot enough Tuesday to bake peaches without an oven, but it did reach a toasty 101. That’s a far cry from the record of 111, set in 1972, but still warm enough for most folks.
The heat wave is expected to continue, with an expected high today of 106. As of 3:30 p.m., the mercury had already reach 101 degrees at the Modesto Irrigation District's downtown reporting station.
The forecast is the same - highs of 106 - for Thursday and Friday. Only a slight moderation is expected over the weekend, with forecast highs of 103 and 102 for Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
The National Weather Service is forecasting six-digit readings in Modesto through Monday, in fact.