HEAT WAVE #1 STARTS TODAY
A few thunderstorms developed over this past weekend in the Kern County mountains, but it was drier on Monday- Memorial Day. This holiday has been particularly pleasant for the start of summer time and recreational pursuits by all. The high in Bakersfield rose to 96. We saw a few blown off thunderstorm tops drift across the south valley in the late afternoon from isolated showers that popped up in the Tulare County mountains.
Upper level high pressure had formed over the northern portion of California and is expected to further strengthen. The upper level cell of high pressure will combine with a low pressure system to our southeast and increase a northeasterly wind flow at the mid levels of our atmosphere. That is expected to boost temperatures even more through the rest of this week. In fact, daytime temperatures are forecast to reach triple digit levels as early as tomorrow. We may well have a Hot Times Contest winner by Tuesday already. The average "first 100 day" in Bakersfield is, ironically, May 31st. If it only tops out at 99 on Tuesday, the triple digits will be virtually ensured on Wednesday.
This is predicted to be an extended period of very hot weather. Three consecutive days of triple digit highs in Bakersfield constitute and defined "heat wave". So, Heat Wave #1 will persist through at least Saturday. The hottest part of this episode will likely be either Friday or Saturday. Computer models then bring in a cooling low pressure system that could spawn a few mountain thunderstorms by this weekend. Early next week will feature highs in the mid 90s, still above normal for early June but cooler than the high heat we are about to endure.
During this or any heat wave, please respect the heat by following a few simple rules: 1) stay hydrated by drinking plenty of non-alcoholic fluids, 2) wear light colored light loose clothing, 3) don't leave small children or pets in hot cars, and 4) watch children around pools and water. Most importantly don't think that the heat won't affect you physiologically. Don't be macho, respect the heat. Don't become a statistic. So, fasten your seat belt. Here we go directly from the Nino season right into high summer.
Morning Forecaster Aaron Perlman, May 31, 2016 7:25 am
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