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Fresno Warm-up Is Coming. How Soon Before It Hits 100 Degrees?
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By Bill McEwen, News Director
Published 1 year ago on
May 8, 2023

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Fresno’s string of spring-perfect 70-degree days is about to end.

Thanks to a ridge of high pressure coming to the western United States, Fresno temperatures are expected to hit 88 degrees on Thursday, says the National Weather Service in Hanford.

The weekend forecast is even warmer, with Saturday’s high pegged at 96 degrees and Sunday’s temperature reaching 98 degrees.

There’s also a chance that Fresno could eclipse the 100-degree mark on Sunday and Monday, according to some forecasts.

As for the remainder of next week, look for temps in the low to mid-90s.

Watch: Snowmelt Cascades into Shaver Lake on Sunday

Local Reservoirs Kept Low in Anticipation of Snowmelt

The warmup extends to the Sierra as well. The low temperatures are expected to be above freezing at Shaver Lake beginning today and at Huntington Lake starting midweek.

In preparation for the melt of the huge Sierra snowpack, dams are being kept at low capacity on the San Joaquin, Kings, and Kaweah rivers.

On Monday, Friant Dam was at 28% capacity and Pine Flat was at 38%. Terminus Dam was at 19%. Instead of increasing storage at these reservoirs, which often is the goal this time of year, water is being released into riverbeds and canals below.

However, Success Dam in Porterville, which is on the Tule River, was at 75% capacity on Monday. And, Isabella Dam on the Kern River, was at 61%.

To see the water level at reservoirs throughout California, go to this link.

Water Levels at Select California Reservoirs

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Bill McEwen,
News Director
Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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