LIFE THREATENING HEAT- SOUTH VALLEY
It was the hottest day of the year so far. Bakersfield hit 109° for a high on Thursday. Day 5 of Heat Wave #4 provided another high summer headline- lows in the 80s. Neither the low nor the high were records, however.
The hottest day in Bakersfield for all-time came on this date in 1908 when the mercury rose to 118°. An interesting fact is that both Bakersfield's highest and lowest temperatures happened in the same year: 1908.
Moderate heat stress will increase on Friday to Intense. Due to that, I've issued a Heat Alert for the south valley valid Friday 2 PM through 7 PM. Please respect the heat, realizing this isn't the normal Bakersfield heat. We are experiencing that time which occurs each year for a week or so with dangerously hot weather. This is "life threatening heat". In addition, our air quality remains horrible. An Air Quality Alert remains in effect through Saturday.
There have also been thunderstorms which developed over the high Sierra to our north. Hot weather is determined to persist right through this weekend and all of next. It is only a matter of degree. I believe Friday will be the worst of it, and likely the hottest day of the year. Some moderation is forecast beginning Sunday.
Highs next week will still be well over 100 degrees, but I see some hope at the end of the tunnel. The following weekend will see south valley highs in the upper 90s thanks to a weak trough of low pressure along the west coast. Hopefully, that will happen.
Until then- settle in for more extremely hot weather with Heat Wave #4.
Chief Meteorologist MILES MUZIO- July 28, 2016 6:45 pm
Today's Record Temperatures