CENTRAL VALLEY – Today 99% of California’s population was under an excessive heat warning or heat advisory according to the National Weather Service.
Despite smoky air due to wildfires nearby, two cities in the region tied and broke high temperature records.
The city of Stockton broke its previous record for the day of 105 degrees set in 1977. The new record for September 6th is now 110 degrees.
The city of Modesto tied its monthly record high and broke its high temperature record for the day. Modesto last saw 106 degrees in 1977 for the day of September 6th.
A Red Flag Warning is issued for the area starting 10 pm Monday continuing until 8 am Wednesday.
Weather Forecast For March 1st, 2022
MODESTO – The National Weather Service said Tuesday will have a high of about 76 and will be mostly sunny. Winds are estimated to be 5 miles per hour from the east.
Tuesday night will be mostly cloudy with a low around 47. Winds will be from the northwest between 3 and 5 miles per hour.
Earthquake Felt in Valley and the Region
MODESTO – An earthquake was felt Thursday afternoon in many valley cities and across the region.
According to the USGS, the earthquake happened at about 3:50pm and initially was estimated to be a 4.8 in magnitude. The epicenter was about 7 miles from the community of Farmington, east of Stockton.
UPDATE – USGS reclassified the epicenter to be closer to the Smith Valley area.
Officials with the National Weather Service reported feeling the quake in their building and reported slight shaking and movement.
People from as far as Merced, Sacramento, and the Bay Area reported feeling the tremor.
So far no damage or injuries were reported.
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.
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