Bakersfield temperatures topped 100 for the first time this year over the sweltering weekend, but relief from the triple-digit heat is on the way.
Bakersfield reached 100 Saturday and capped off Mother's Day afternoon by hitting the 100 mark again just before 5 p.m., according to Cindy Bean, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Hanford. The high was just a few degrees shy of the record temperature of 103 degrees set on May 12, 1976.
At a scorching 102 degrees, Fresno beat its record high by two degrees Sunday.
A ridge of high pressure brought on the baking temperatures, with the slowly sinking air heating as it descended, Bean said.
Monday is forecast to be another hot one with a high temperature of 98. But temperatures should gradually cool throughout the week starting with a developing marine layer along the coast, which will begin to abate the warmth in the north end of the valley before it reaches Bakersfield, Bean said.
"We should see a better push of that cooler maine air coming into the valley on Monday night and Tuesday morning," she said.
The high for Tuesday and Wednesday is forecast to be 92 degrees, and Bean said a lower-pressure system in the latter part of the week should bring more reprieve, with anticipated highs of 87 degrees Thursday and 83 degrees Friday.
Low temperatures should also drop steadily throughout the week, from 69 degrees Sunday night to 57 degrees on Friday night.