Tuesday becomes hottest day of the year, record for this date
UPDATE: Eyewitness News Chief Meteorologist Miles Muzio says Tuesday became the hottest day of 2017 with a high in Bakersfield of 112 degrees.
This is also a new high temperature for this date -- Aug. 29. The previous high for the date was 109 degrees in 1915.
The below forecast was written Tuesday morning by weathercaster and anchor Aaron Perlman.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) -- Heat wave No. 4 peaks Tuesday.
Highs will near record heat.
The record for Aug. 29 is 109, set in 1915. We are forecast at least 110-111 degrees Tuesday.
Mountain areas are in the mid to upper 90s. The Kern River Valley and desert areas are at the century marker, too.
Hitting triple digits will mark the 60th triple-digit day of 2017, tied for the seventh most triple-digit days in one year. Wednesday, we will be tied for sixth place.
Temperature records go back to 1893. The most triple digits in one year is 76, set back in 1917.
The heat may not be ending anytime soon. The ridge of high pressure over the western U.S. holds the next several afternoons. When it begins to weaken, a second ridge moves in from the eastern Pacific. That will strengthen the heat wave to move well into Labor Day and next week.
Temps will slide to the low 100s by the end of next week. However, triple digits will still live, meaning we could end up with the hottest summer of all time for Kern County.
Bakersfield has no rain forecast the next 10 days. The mountain areas and Kern River Valley will see a threat for thunderstorm activity the next few afternoons, though.
The easterly monsoon flow will bring in partly cloudy skies the next several afternoons. There is a 20 percent chance for afternoon thunderstorms for the Kern River Valley and desert areas through Wednesday.
The end of the week, drier air returns.
Air quality remains unhealthy for sensitive groups for the next seven days.