Temperatures in Merced are expected to spike due to high pressure building over the area, according to forecasters.
Cindy Bean, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Hanford, said that as a high pressure system strengthens, temperatures will continue to warm up. By the weekend, residents can expect temperatures in the triple digits.
Clear skies and a high of 92 are expected for Tuesday and Wednesday. Temperatures are expected to climb four degrees by Thursday to a high of 96. Friday’s high could reach 99 and Saturday will likely hit the 100-degree mark.
According to Bean, most areas in the Central Valley will see increases in temperatures thanks to the high pressure system. For the weekend, Fresno is expected to reach a high of 103 and Madera, 102. Mariposa County is forecast to be the coolest spot in the region, but only slightly, topping out at 97 degrees.
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A weather pattern that includes evening breezes can also be expected, Bean said. Northwest winds of 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph, are anticipated for tonight. Winds of about 10 mph are expected for the remainder of the week, according to forecasts.
Bean explained that the humid weather experienced in past days was caused by summer monsoon moisture that has moved north from Arizona and Mexico. That moisture also was responsible for the scattered thunderstorms in the Sierra Nevada.
“This moisture brought the humidity up, but (Monday) felt a lot drier,” Bean said. “As humidity is lowered, it will feel a lot more comfortable.”