It’ll take more than an Icee to keep cool this blistering-hot weekend. With record-setting temperatures well in excess of 100 degrees expected throughout the Valley on Saturday, residents might be wise to stay inside and hug their air conditioner.
Lodi is expected to reach a high of 107 or 108 degrees on Saturday afternoon, 20 degrees warmer than the average for this time of year, according to meteorologist Ken Clark of AccuWeather.com, a private forecasting service. The record high for June 8 is 106, set in 1973.
“I’d be surprised if we didn’t break that (Saturday),” Clark said.
Saturday’s temperatures throughout the Valley will be the peak of a high-pressure system that’s been building for a couple of days.
Fresno is supposed to easily exceed its record of 105; so is Merced, where the record is 103.
“It’s going to be the hottest day so far this year,” said Clark, adding that Stockton’s high has been 99 degrees this year, set June 1.
By Sunday, temperatures should begin to subside. As a low-pressure system moves into the Valley, Lodi will experience temperatures in the mid to upper 90s, followed by temperatures in the low 90s through Wednesday.
Heat exhaustion isn’t the only possible side effect of the hot weather. The longer, warmer days bring more ozone pollution, a corrosive gas that damages lung tissue.
“Hot days like we are expecting this weekend are a concern,” said spokesman Anthony Presto of the San Joaquin Valley Air District.
Presto said ground-level ozone, which is emitted as smoke or dust and formed from a mixture of pollutants being baked in the sun, is a concern in San Joaquin County.
The best way to help reduce ozone pollution is to drive less, use an electric lawn mower, use a gas barbeque instead of charcoal, and reduce energy usage.
For more information regarding ways to reduce ozone pollution, visit www.valleyair.com.
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