MODESTO – Due to wildfires in the area such as the SCU Lightning Complex and now the Creek Fire in Fresno County, air quality continues to remain poor.
The California Air Resources Board states the current air quality is beyond index meaning the air quality is so poor that it is beyond the scale to measure.
The C.A.R.B states that pollution is hazardous at these levels and everyone should avoid or reduce exposure by staying indoors with filtered air. They say reducing activity levels is one of the best ways to lower the amount of particle pollution you breathe into your lungs.
Symptoms of exposure to particle pollution include irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat.
If you experience symptoms it is recommended to contact your doctor.
How Hot Did It Get Today?
The National Weather Service has been alerting the San Joaquin Valley Region about certain heat risks for the next few days, advising people to drink water, wear life jackets, and other precautions preventing heat related emergencies.
Stockton and Modesto were included in the “high risk” category from midday Wednesday through Sunday evening, meaning heat like this is rare.
Today Modesto tied its heat record from 2012 at 103 degrees.
Stockton broke its heat record from 2017 from 105 degrees by one degree to 106 degrees.
As the heat continues, the National Weather Service advises to drink water all day and not wait until you are thirsty.
Correction (6/18): The National Weather Service added corrections to these temperatures and stated Stockton tied its record of 105 degrees from 2017.
Strong Winds Anticipated For The Region
MODESTO – Strong winds are anticipated to come to the region and officials ask the public to stay alert and prepared for the wind.
The US National Weather Service Sacramento said the valley will see winds starting January 18th until the 19th. Winds were anticipated to begin Monday morning and continue until Tuesday evening.
North winds of up to 20 to 35 miles per hour are anticipated according to the NWSS. Gusts of up to 40 to 50 miles per hours are also anticipated.
The NWSS also said the winds can cause loose objects to blow around and possible power outages from downed power lines and trees.
They encourage people to have a plan with necessary supplies, using power generators outside and away from windows, disconnecting electronics and appliances, to keep refigerators and freezers closed, not use a gas stove to warm up the house and checking on neighbors.
NWSS asked people to identify a room inside their home and work where they can take shelter if needed. They say high winds can cause dangerous falling or blowing objets such as tree branches or outdoor items.
The Pacific Gas & Electric company urged customers to prepare by having non-perishable foods and water. Also having equipment such as flashlights with extra batteries ready, weather radios and mobile devices with portable chargers. Personal supplies are also recommended to prepare such as important documents and medications.
PG&E says to never touch downed power lines and to assume all downed lines are energized. Anyone who notices downed power lines is asked to stay away and call 911. PG&E customers are asked to also call 1-800-743-5002.
Stockton Area Sees Record Temperature Day
STOCKTON – Some might have seen January 17th as a beautiful day in some parts of the valley and one city broke a previous record.
The US National Weather Service Sacramento reported Stockton broke its previous record with 72 degrees for the 17th.
The previous record for January 17th was back in 2009 with a temperature of 68 degrees, according to NWSS.
Two other cities in the region also broke records. Red Bluff reached 79 degrees with its previous record being 76 degrees in 1994. Downtown Sacramento reached a high of 72 degrees. Its highest being 70 degrees in 2009.
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