Carson Valley swelters |

Carson Valley swelters

by Merrie Leininger

Although the Carson Valley may feel like the inside of a frying pan lately, the National Weather Service says the temperature is just about seven degrees above average.

Larry Osterman, one of the lead forecasters at the Reno office of the weather service, said the high Thursday was 100 degrees, the high Friday was 101 and the high Saturday is expected to be 100.

The weather service measures the temperature of the Carson Valley somewhere in Johnson Lane, he said.

The average July temperatures for this area is 93 degrees and the low is 52. The low Thursday was 60 and the low Friday was 57.

Osterman said he was not sure what the record temperatures for the Minden area are, but this week’s records for the Reno area are between 103 degrees and 106 degrees.

“It’s the warmest time of the year, but there also is a high pressure system dominating all of the western states right now,” Osterman said.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear to be going anywhere fast, either.

“There have been no day-to-day changes,” he said. “We’re not looking at any quick changes in this pattern.”

Osterman said there is a possibility it may begin drifting east during the middle of next week.

The hot weather has yet to cause any severe health problems, according to the East Fork Paramedic District.

Paramedic Nick Agorastos said they have not responded to any heat-related illnesses this week.

“We have healthy people in the Valley,” he said.

Agorastos said Valley residents just need to use common sense to stay healthy.

He said if out in the heat, drink four glasses of water for every hour under the sun.

The elderly need to especially be aware of how the heat is affecting them, and if they have to be outside, try to do it in the early morning or late evening hours.

“If you start to feel bad, get inside,” Agorastos said.

If you are already spending a lot of time inside with the air conditioner running, be careful not to overdo it.

Tom Clore, owner of Carson Valley Heating and Cooling said his business has had more maintenance calls than usual this week because people are running their air more than usual.

“We’ve had a lot of new installs,” Clore said. “We are working way extra hours.”

Clore said if you have a swamp cooler, like he does in his business, you already know it doesn’t help when the temperatures get this high.

“It heats up the water and doesn’t work very well,” he said.

Lori Cernusak, an employee of the Carson Valley Swim Center, said the Minden facility was crowded.

“Man, it’s packed,” Cerrnusak said Friday. “There are people all over the place.”

She said the kids’ outdoor pool was the busiest.

The swimming pool is open

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