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Heat Wave Ends

Central California's heat wave ends after a week of triple-digit high temperatures. Now, slightly cooler air arrives just in time for the holiday weekend.
Central California's heat wave ends after a week of triple-digit high temperatures.

Now, slightly cooler air arrives just in time for the holiday weekend.

So instead of highs approaching record numbers Fresno, and the rest of the area will have nearly normal highs at or just below 100-degrees.

The most recent streak of hot weather began on June 27 with a high of 101.

The next day the mercury reached 105 and the day after that it was a sweltering 108.

The hottest high temperature occurred on June 30 when the high reached 109-degrees in Fresno.

It wasn't a record but it was uncomfortably close to the 112-degrees mark set in 1891.

For the next four days from July first to the fourth the high temperature hit 108 in Fresno and humidity increased sending the heat index, or "feels-like" temperatures up a few more degrees to dangerous levels.

Friday's high was still hot but out of official heat wave territory at 103.

The National Weather Service in Hanford considers a heat wave to be three consecutive days with a heat index of 105 or greater, or, three straight days with maximum temperatures of 107 or greater.

Also anytime the high reaches 110 a heat wave is officially declared.

There were several mornings with very warm low temperatures that set new record high minimum temperatures over the same period with lows ranging from 78 to 80-degrees.

Here's a link to the Hanford NWS' climate data page: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/hnx/fatmain.php

Heat Wave by the Numbers: Source NWS Hanford
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/FXC/make_img.php?wfo=hnx&img=1&size=1

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Fresno, CA

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Clear
  • High: 83°F
  • Low: 48°F
  • Sunrise: 6:11 AM PDT
  • Sunset: 7:42 PM PDT
  • Feels Like: 54°F
  • Wind Chill: 52°F
  • Visibility: 10 mi.
  • Dew Point: 44°
  • Relative Humidity: 69%