Romeo Cabral grabbed the blue mountain of ice and scooped a heaping spoonful into his mouth.
At nearly 90 degrees outside, Cabral was finding the quickest — and tastiest — way enjoy the imminent searing, sunny weekend that is about to descend on Lodi.
Cabral's weapon to beat the heat was a snow cone at the Downtown Lodi Farmer's Market on Thursday.
But as for Friday and beyond, the general advice is to grab your bathing suits, your sunscreen and a lot of water.
In other words, this weekend is going to be hot.
Whether your method for keeping cool is the pool or a cold shower, this Father's Day weekend is gearing up to have the warmest temperatures Lodi has seen so far this summer.
While temperatures are not going to hit record levels, meteorologists predict they will come close.
According to Ken Clark, senior meteorologist for AccuWeather.com, a private forecasting service, the hottest day will most likely be Saturday, but Lodians should brace themselves for a heat-packed Friday and Sunday, too.
Clark said that today, temperatures will probably peak around 94 degrees. Night time temperatures will drop to the low 60s. On Saturday, Lodi will see a spike of heat, with temperatures bumping up to right around 102 degrees. Nighttime temperatures will dip again to the low 60s, before Sunday — possibly another day of triple-digit temperatures.
"This heat is not unusual at all, though it will be hotter than what we have been seeing lately," Clark said. "The hottest weather has yet to come, though. It may be hot Saturday, but one day's weather does not predict a whole summer."
Though some fear temperatures could climb to unbearable levels, Clark said the Lodi area would be off a few degrees in the record books.
The hottest temperature on record for Saturday's date, June 16, was recorded in 1961. It was 109 degrees.
The hottest temperature on record for Sunday's date, June 17, was recorded in 1917. It was 106 degrees.
For those looking to try and avoid the heat this weekend, a trip to the beaches in the Bay Area might be a good idea.
Temperatures in San Francisco could reach a cool 77 degrees on Saturday before dropping to 70 degrees on Father's Day.
For those who prefer a trip a little further north into the mountains, areas like Kirkwood are the place to go. Today, temperatures will maybe reach the low 70s. During the weekend, the weather will not get hotter than the mid-70s.
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