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Hot weather will continue through Wednesday

Area residents are advised to drive as little as possible until Wednesday, when the area is expected to cool off

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Posted: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:30 pm, Tue Oct 2, 2012.

A generation ago, late-night TV king Johnny Carson would say during his monologue, "It was really hot on Monday."

"How hot was it?" Carson's audience would typically ask in unison.

In the Lodi area, it's so hot that temperatures are pushing the century mark, even though it's October.

It will continue to be so hot, at least through Wednesday, that the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is asking residents to drive less.

The air pollution district has called an Air Alert from Acampo to Bakersfield and asks residents to do whatever they can to reduce ground-level ozone.

"We're 10 to 15 degrees above normal," said Brian Edwards, a meteorologist from AccuWeather.com, a private forecasting service.

The reason the West Coast is toasty this week is a jet stream causing storms in the eastern and southeastern United States, Edwards said. The wind from the jet stream in those areas causes the West to be warm and dry.

"Things kind of even out," Edwards said. "Usually when it's stormy in the West, it's nicer in the East."

If you can get through Wednesday, relief is on the way. Edwards predicts that Lodi-area temperatures should dip into the high 80s on Thursday and Friday, and then the low 80s on the weekend, just in time for Sunday's Lodi Street Faire. It should be in the upper 90s through Wednesday.

However, light rain could be on the way in the middle of next week, Edwards said.

"It's too early to tell," he said, "but it's something to keep an eye on early next week."

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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