Triple-digit temperatures for much of week in Merced County

Forecasters expect triple-digit temperatures through the Fourth of July weekend in Merced County.

“It’s going to be a lot warmer (Monday) and then over 100 the rest of the week – until Friday,” said Brian Ochs, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Hanford.

The blistering heat wave is expected to peak Monday and Tuesday with temperatures spiking around 105 degrees, Ochs said.

Merced thermometers should report a slight dip Wednesday to 102 degrees and again Thursday, with temperatures topping out at about 100, forecasters said.

“We may see only about 99 (degrees) on Friday, perhaps,” Ochs said.

Forecasters don’t anticipate any rain and only slight breezes in the San Joaquin Valley throughout the week.

“We see about a 20 percent chance of showers in the high Sierra (Monday), but only about a 20 percent chance, and that’s above 8,000 feet,” Ochs said.

Top wind speeds should reach only about 15 mph Thursday in Merced County, according to the weather service.

Dry, slightly windy conditions could aggravate breathing conditions such as asthma, according to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.

Forecasters predict even higher temperatures farther south in the Valley, peaking around 108 this week.