CALIFORNIA – The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Special Weather Statement, alerting residents of an excessive heat warning and the chance for thunderstorms across the Sierra Nevada.
Strong high pressure building across the region will result in very hot temperatures later in the week with record high temperatures likely at many locations on Friday and Saturday.Daytime temperatures are forecast to be 15 to 25 degrees above normal and will reportedly range from around 105 to 112 in the central San Joaquin Valley.
The NWS advises that outdoor activities should be completed in the morning if at all possible, and care should be taken to ensure that sensitive groups including the elderly and small children, limit their exposure to the heat.
Pets should be kept inside and special care given to keep livestock cool and hydrated. Pets and livestock are susceptible to death at these extreme temperatures, warns the NWS.
With the high chance of thunderstorms over the Sierra, hikers and campers are advised to monitor the weather and seek shelter at once if threatening weather approaches. Lightning can strike several miles from the storm location.