Relief from the heat wave has finally arrived. For seven consecutive days, temperatures in Lodi topped 100 degrees. Friday, that streak has broken. Friday’s high temperature was 90 degrees.
Temperatures will stay near 90 degrees for the weekend, said Ben Noll, a meteorologist with AccuWeather.com, a private weather forecasting service. That’s the average temperature for this time of year.
“We’ll have a slow climb into the middle 90s, but it won’t be going over 100 next week,” he said.
A very large ridge of high pressure has finally moved away from over Nevada, allowing the boiling heat underneath to disperse. That feeling of a lid trapping in the stuffy hot air is done for now, and the Central Valley is returning to a more seasonal pattern.
The cooling stations opened in Lodi and Galt have closed, and the excessive heat warnings for southern San Joaquin County have come to an end.
The National Weather Service declared June 30 the hottest June day ever at 129 degrees in Death Valley. In Las Vegas, the temperature tied a record of 117 degrees.