After a relatively cool June weekend that saw temperatures hover in the 70s, the summer heat is expected to ratchet up this week in the High Desert.
With the "trough" of low pressure that brought colder temperatures to much of the state — and thunderstorms and snow to parts of the Sierras — moving out, a ridge is building that will allow for warm weather to build as the week progresses, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Derek Schroeter.
"This will be the first real stretch of heat this summer," Schroeter said. "It's the first time we're forecasting it to reach over 100 degrees. By Friday, we're forecasting it at 102 and then staying over 100 for the weekend."
Schroeter said the 10-day forecast shows the heat continuing in the High Desert, and he expects that to remain the norm for the foreseeable future.
"As far as our models can predict, it looks like this pattern will be with us," Schroeter said.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 84 and calm northwest winds. Nighttime low of 54 and winds becoming light and variable after midnight.
Wednesday: Daytime high of 94 with clear skies and a nighttime low of 57.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high of 98 degrees and a low of 59 at night.
Friday: Temperatures are expected to reach 102. Nighttime will see mostly clear skies, with a low of 60.
Saturday: Expected high near 100 degrees, with a low of 60.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 99 degrees.