COOLER WEATHER THIS WEEKEND
It was a hot one in Bakersfield on Friday. The high temperature soared to 108, missing the record high by only one degree. This morning's low of 78 also missed the high minimum record by only one degree. Heat Wave #4 became official, and this was Day 3. It is classified as a Category 1 (minimal) heat wave. Air quality was approaching unhealthy today due to high concentration of ozone pollution. The good news is that our temperatures are going to cool down. Mountain towns were in the 90s today, but only the 80s tomorrow. South valley highs on Saturday will still be just above 100 and it will be Day 4 of Heat Wave #4 but at least the trend will be better. Mid 90s are on the docket for Sunday through Tuesday.
Air quality will improve to moderate by Sunday. The bad news is that high pressure will again rebuild and send the mercury soaring by the middle of next week. It appears Heat Wave #5 develops on Thursday and runs at least through the following weekend. Then comes a tantalizing possibility that I mentioned back on Monday- potential tropical weather for southern and central California. It is still way too early to be certain, but what will likely become Hurricane Ivo southwest of El Salvador is being forecast to move northwest along the Mexican west coast with tropical moisture that could bring thunderstorms to Kern County. That wouldn't be until the end of the following weekend, but it is something to start tracking.
Have a nice weekend.
Chief Meteorologist MILES MUZIO- August 16, 2019 6:46 PM
Today's Record Temperatures