MODESTO – The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the region.
Both San Joaquin County and Stanislaus County were included in the warning which begins at 5:00 AM Sunday and ends at 11:00 PM Monday.
The National Weather Service reports the Fire Weather Watch was upgraded to a Red Flag Warning due to potential thunderstorms Sunday and Monday. The change came because of remnant moisture from Hurricane Genevieve.
These thunderstorms come with little to no rain. Officials say the main threat is lightning and gusty, erratic winds near the possible storms.
A potential danger these thunderstorms carry is the possibility of starting fires.
The National Weather Service warns people to call 911 if they see smoke. If thunder or lightning is seen staying indoors is advised.
Having an emergency plan in case of a fire in your area is greatly encouraged.
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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