Heat wave bringing triple digits through the weekend

By: Gloria Young, Journal Staff Writer
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The heat wave that’s kept the Midwest sweltering for the past few weeks is headed this way, bringing triple digits at least through the weekend. “The ridge is moving back west toward the Great Basin. California is on the western fringe of that,” National Weather Service Forecaster Tom Dang said Wednesday. Temperatures reaching 100-plus degrees are common in August. But what sets this apart is that it will be for a prolonged period — four or five days in Auburn and six in the valley. “We’re actually looking more toward Friday and Saturday for the hottest days,” he said. “For Auburn, we’re forecasting roughly 102 to 104 Friday and Saturday and maybe cooling back a degree or two on Sunday. A break could come as early as Monday, but more likely by Tuesday and Wednesday, when the heat will drop back to the mid-90s — normal for this time of year. Dang doesn’t see any record-setting days on the horizon but said it would be the longest stretch of triple digits since 2006. And the nights won’t bring a lot of relief either. “Once you are up in the foothills, you are talking lows in the 70s, which is not great for cooling down,” he said. The deteriorating air quality that often goes hand-in-hand with heat waves is possible, too. On Wednesday, the region was seeing hazy skies created by smoke from the 18,000-acre Chips Fire burning in the Plumas National Forest. “We have just enough of a northerly breeze to get it down here,” Dang said. Ann Hobbs, air quality specialist at the Placer County Air Pollution Control District, described Wednesday’s air quality as moderate, but said today’s (Thursday) will be in the unhealthy for sensitive groups range. “(During the next few days), we could have smoke coming into our area and with the temperature increase an increase in ozone is taking place, too,” she said. At Auburn Recreation District, Recreation Services Manager Sheryl Petersen said she expects the heat will bring more visitors to the pools toward the end of the week and over the weekend. “We have both the Placer Hills Pool in Meadow Vista and the Sierra Pool in Auburn,” she said. “The Sierra pool hours are 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Monday-Thursday) and 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. The Meadow Vista pool is open from 1 to 5 p.m. daily. The Sierra Pool is open on weekends from 1 to 5 p.m.” Sierra Pool weekday hours will end on Friday, Aug. 10. After that, it will only be open on weekends only through Labor Day. Placer Hills pool will be open through Saturday, Aug. 18, Petersen said. Reach Gloria Young at ------------ Hot weather tips Drink a lot of water if you have to be outside. Avoid strenuous activity in the afternoon. Never leave pets or children unattended in a vehicle, which can warm up extremely quickly Wear light weight and light color clothing