Just days ago the Valley was enjoying an unseasonably cool round of high temperatures in the 70’s.
But things have changed, and they’ve changed fast.
For the Hernandez family, it’s a downright hot afternoon stroll in downtown Fresno.
“Love it or not you’ve just got to get yourself acclimated to it or otherwise you’ll never go out.” laughs Tim Hernandez between his daughter and son.
Just days ago these same streets were sitting comfortably near 30 degrees cooler.
“We made the most of the nice weather, we said let’s just stay outside and enjoy it for as long as we can.” says Hernandez.
“So far this year it’s been a pretty mild year, so this is really the first prolonged time of above normal temperatures.” explains Christine Riley with the National Weather Service Office in Hanford.
Riley says this year things are a little different regarding how our local NWS office will issue heat advisories and warnings.
“The heat risk product that we use takes into account the daytime high temperatures, the overnight low temperatures, how long of a stretch were expecting these really warm temperatures as well as how far above normal it is.”
The updated table features five categories from very low risk in green to very high risk in magenta, and these next few days are bringing some parts of the valley filled with plenty of that magenta hue.
“Most heat waves we have we have just heat risk for sensitive groups but this is going to be for the overall population.” Stresses Riley.