High temperature records are expected to fall in Carson Valley and at Lake Tahoe this weekend as the central Sierra braces for a heat wave that will see triple-digit temperatures at lower elevations.
“Daytime high temperatures will be around 15 to 25 degrees above normal and will range from around 105 to 112 in the central valley and mainly in the 80s and 90s in the mountains,” according to a special weather statement issued by the National Weather Service on Thursday.
According to records kept by the National Weather Service, the record high temperature in Minden for today’s date is 96, and the forecast high is 97. The forecast high temperature for Saturday is 98 in the Douglas County seat, a degree higher than the record for the date of 97 degrees set in 2003.
On Thursday records fell across Western Nevada and in the Sierra. South Lake Tahoe’s high temperature was 85 degrees topping the record of 83 degrees for June 6. Records also fell in Reno with 97 degrees, Fallon with 98 and Virginia City with 89.
The heat wave across the interior of Northern California is being caused by a strong high-pressure system that has been building across the region.
The National Weather Service in Reno is expecting highs near 86, 89 and 83 in South Lake Tahoe for Friday, Saturday and Sunday respectively.
The previous record temperatures for South Lake Tahoe on June 7 and 8 were 83 degrees, and 82 degrees for June 9. Each of those records was set in 1996, according to weather.com.
Temperatures in Sacramento are forecasted to reach as high as 105 over the weekend, with 100-degree weather expected in Reno Saturday. It would be the earliest in the year Reno has ever hit triple digits, according to the weather service.
Forecasters urged people to limit physical activity to the coolest parts of the day and warned young children and the elderly to take precautions against the heat. Thunderstorms are also expected and could raise fire danger, according to the weather service.
Temperatures are expected to cool of by Monday, when highs are forecasted to drop into the low 80s in Carson Valley and the 70s at Lake Tahoe.