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Scorching Temperatures Will Raise Heat Risk This Weekend. How Hot Will It Get?
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By Nancy Price, Multimedia Journalist
Published 4 weeks ago on
June 20, 2024

Drink plenty of fluids and avoid too much time in the sun this weekend during the latest heat wave. (GV Wire Composite/Paul Marshall)

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The National Weather Service in Hanford has issued a “major heat risk” warning for the Valley, Sierra foothills, westside hills, and Kern River Valley starting Saturday.

The weather sends out advisories so people will know they need to take precautions to avoid illness, meteorologist Stephen McCoy said Thursday.

“Many of us have access to air conditioned rooms water, things like that. So what we want is to get the message out to people who are more at-risk, the young, the old, people with compromised immune symptoms, things like that, that these kinds of conditions can greatly affect.”

The heat advisory will start at 11 a.m. Saturday and continue through 11 a.m. Monday.

High temperatures of 106 are forecast from Fresno south to Bakersfield on Saturday, and the same for Sunday with a few notable exceptions: Visalia’s high could soar to 107, and Lemoore’s could drop to 105.

Heat-related illnesses peak during this kind of scorching weather, in part because people without access to air conditioning can’t cool off at night. The overnight low Saturday in Fresno will be in the low 70s.

Signs of heat exhaustion include cool, clammy skin, a racing pulse, headache, nausea, dizziness, and fainting. Worsening symptoms can be a sign of heat stroke and require immediate medical attention.

Stay Safe

To avoid becoming ill, drink plenty of fluids and stay in air-conditioned spaces as much as possible. Also, check up on friends and relatives, and remember not to leave children or pets inside parked vehicles, which can become lethally hot in just minutes.

If you have one or more dogs, it’s best to walk them in early in the morning before the sun heats the pavement to blistering temperatures, McCoy said.

On the National Weather Service’s risk index that goes from zero to 4, the Valley will be hitting 3 for major heat risk — higher than Death Valley and the Mojave Desert, which are at 2 for moderate risk on the index.

It’s not because the Valley will be hotter than the desert or Death Valley, where extreme heat is standard in the summer and the population is comparatively small, McCoy said. The Central Valley has a bigger population that can include many people who are vulnerable to extreme heat conditions, thus the risk index is higher here than the desert, he said.

How long will it last? McCoy has some good news: “We’re not seeing it go past Monday.”

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Nancy Price,
Multimedia Journalist
Nancy Price is a multimedia journalist for GV Wire. A longtime reporter and editor who has worked for newspapers in California, Florida, Alaska, Illinois and Kansas, Nancy joined GV Wire in July 2019. She previously worked as an assistant metro editor for 13 years at The Fresno Bee. Nancy earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Her hobbies include singing with the Fresno Master Chorale and volunteering with Fresno Filmworks. You can reach Nancy at 559-492-4087 or Send an Email

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