Friday Has Record & Summer Heat
Thursdsay saw Bakersfield reach record temperatures. We hit 90° beating the old record of 87° set in 1997. Today expect the same conditions. Highs across the south valley will be in the low 90s. Today's high is set to break records again. Bakersfield should reach 92°. The current record is 90° set in 1986. We shall see where we land around 4 PM today if we have another record on our hands. Mountain and eastern Kern County areas will be in the upper 70s and upper 80s respectively.
The dominating ridge of high pressure over the western U.S. has been our cause for this summer-like weather. However, starting Saturday late morning a weak trough will move through the state out of the Pacific. This trough will be enough to return the cooler coastal air to move through. That marine intrusion will help draw our temperatures down a good 10° from today to Saturday. Highs will still be above normal by 10°, but we will no longer be dealing with record or summer-like heat. Skies will become partly cloudy with a potential for afternoon shower along our mountain areas Sunday from the passing low connected with the trough. We are posting a 10% chance for a mountain thunderstorm Sunday, but expectations are very low.
Next week should be very nice. Most of Kern County will be under spring break for students, so be sure to enjoy the nice weather we will be having. Highs will be in the 70s for the mountains and low 80s for the south valley, Bakersfield area. Any chance for significant rain may arrive on Easter Sunday. Right now, that storm system is still way out there, but models do suggest something may take place. Have a great Sunday.
3-27-15 4:04 am Morning Forecaster Aaron Perlman