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.
Record High Temperature Records Tied and Broken
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.
Excessive Heat Watch Issued For The Region
CENTRAL VALLEY – The US National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for the region. San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced counties are all part of the heat watch.
The heat watch was issued for the upcoming Labor Day weekend into early next week. It is effective starting 11am Saturday, September 5th through Tuesday, September 8th.
Temperatures in the Valley and Foothills are expected to be in between 95 to 110 degrees for highs. Lows are expected to be at 65 to 80 degrees.
The US National Weather Service is warning anyone with outdoor plans for the weekend to be prepared. Drinking extra water and avoiding outdoor activities from 10am to 6pm is encouraged.
If you have children, elderly family members, or pets it is advised to take precautions and plan to be in a cool, air conditioned area.
Records Set And Tied For Warmest August In The Region
CENTRAL VALLEY – The National Weather Service has released information for the average temperature for the month of August.
The City of Stockton set a new record for the average temperature of 81.9 degrees for the month of August. The normal average temperature for this month is usually 75.7 degrees in Stockton. The previous record was an average of 81.2 degrees set in August of 1967.
The city of Modesto tied at an average temperature of 82.1 degrees for the month of August previously set in 2017. The normal average temperature for this month is usually 78 degrees in Modesto.
As always, it is encouraged to stay prepared and hydrated for hot temperatures. Avoiding outdoor activities from 10am to 6pm during hot weather is recommended.
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