Last Weekend of Summer
The expected cool down arrived amidst general approval of the masses in Kern County. Autumn begins on this Monday evening and the Kern County Fair is fully underway. So cooler temperatures should be enjoyed- and have been. However, a low pressure system that drove our current cooling trend into central California is about to drift northeast. But it will still be overhead on Saturday, just long enough to produce a few isolated thunderstorms over the Sierra, mainly to our north. I have incorporated a very slight chance for showers in the Kern County mountains on Saturday. Thereafter, it clears out and warms up.
Although I'm not expecting any triple digits, highs will rise again into the mid to upper 90s for the middle of next week. Highs will peak on Wednesday ahead of a sharp cold front that is now predicted to blow through our region with dramatic temperature drops into Friday, when daytime readings will only top out in the low 80s. It should be windy in the mountains and deserts when this strong system pushes through about a week from now.
Heat Wave #5 ended earlier this week, and I'm now prepared to issue my "No more heat waves" forecast. That is not to say it won't hit 100 again this season, but that forecast is not too far away. Summer 2014 has been a particularly hot one in the central valley. Bakersfield has hit 100° or above on 43 occasions and Fresno has done so 50 days.
Have a wonderful last weekend of summer.