Valley’s hot time cools off today |

Valley’s hot time cools off today

Winter should return today after a heat wave toppled records all over Western Nevada.

On Sunday, Minden hit 71 degrees, according to weather watcher Stan Kapler, breaking the 68-degree record for Jan. 16.

The record for Minden fell again on Monday when the high temperature hit 69 degrees, well above the previous record of 65 degrees.

But those balmy days should roll out today as a cold front brushes north of Carson Valley bringing seasonal high temperatures in the upper 40s through the end of the week, according to meteorologist Steve Vanderburg.

Vanderburg said that will continue until today when a cold front brings cooler temperatures, though no moisture.

High pressure off the California coast brought unseasonably warm temperatures in the Sierra and Western Nevada.

Vanderburg said temperatures will warm back up next weekend, but not to the levels reached this week.

On Sunday, Yerington reported 70 degrees, knocking down a 37-year-old record. Carson City broke a 50-year-old record with 66 degrees. Markleeville’s 69 degrees on Sunday and Monday broke records that were set in 1934. South Lake Tahoe also broke high temperature records on Sunday and Monday. The 60-degrees recorded at South Lake Tahoe on Sunday topped a record set in 1985. Monday’s record breaking temperature of 61 degrees topped the previous record of 58 degrees set in 1961.

In a report issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration last week, scientists reported 2010 tied with 2005 as the warmest year of the global surface temperature. The year was the 14th consecutive with an annual temperature above the long-term average. Since 1895, the temperature across the nation has increased .12 degrees.

Precipitation was 1.02 inches above the long-term average. Temperatures in Nevada were reported above average. Temperatures in the southeast were reported below average during the year.

The high temperature is expected to be 44 degrees today with the low tonight dropping below 20 degrees for the first time in a week.