EXTREME HEAT THIS WEEKEND
Very hot weather ruled the day again on Friday. It was an intense heat stress afternoon with temperatures again between 108° and 110°. Day 6 of Heat Wave #4 also provided a record up in Gorman with 103°, the hottest temperature of the year from that mountain town. Lancaster hit 110° and Paso Robles 109°, both records. It is a dangerous time of the year for outdoor activity, either work or play. Fatalities from heat exposure are not uncommon with extreme temperatures like those we've been dealing with lately.
So, please respect the heat and realize it isn't business as usual. Generating additional heat in your body by any kind of exertion, either work or play, will become impossible to dissipate during the late afternoon and evening. Imagine having a 105° fever. If your fever was not reduced, you would eventually pass away. Take it seriously. This is that time of year we all try to get behind us: Hell Week! Some improvement is expected by early next week with daytime readings back down to around 105°.
A minor chance for afternoon thunderstorms exists in the mountains through Tuesday, a 10% chance. Most thunderstorm activity will be confined to the high Sierra north of Kern County. A classic monsoon pattern remains absent at this time. Heat Wave #4 persists until the following weekend, according to the computer models. Friday saw the 27th triple digit high temperature for Bakersfield in 2016. Normal by now is only 19 days.
Monday is not only the first of August, but it is also Lammas Day. I celebrate it every year. This is the Bakersfield summertime equivalent to Ground Hog Day back east. Whereas February 2nd is the mid-point of winter and Ground Hog Day predicts the second half of winter, Lammas Day is the mid-point of summer and we then predict the second half of summer- in Kern County. A large rodent characterizes Ground Hog Day, and Lammas the dog characterizes our "Dog Days" holiday. We'll see what the dog predicts on Monday regarding the rest of this hot summer.
Chief Meteorologist MILES MUZIO- July 29, 2016 7:10 pm
Today's Record Temperatures