Minden cracks heat record
It’s pretty certain that Minden will have a new record temperature this afternoon as the high cracked 101 degrees in the county seat and was hotter elsewhere.
But even as the mercury shot above the century mark, the skies turned dark with the potential of thunderclouds rolling in.
The record high temperature for July 2 was 100 degrees set in 2001, according to the National Weather Service.
Records in Reno and South Lake Tahoe dropped like flies starting Friday. Reno posted a record high temperature of 105 on Monday, knocking off a record of 100 degrees set in 1967.
However, Minden’s record highs were a little more resilient, not falling until Tuesday.
A heat advisory remains in effect until 10 p.m. Wednesday with high temperatures hitting 100 degrees. The National Weather Service is forecasting slight cooling on Independence Day and temperatures dropping into the mid-90s on Friday.
The high-pressure ridge that brought hot weather to the West also trapped smoke from fires around the region.
In addition to the high temperatures, thunderstorms are expected to linger through Thursday night. In most cases they will develop over the high Sierra after 11 a.m. and spread east and north.
A lighting strike set a tree on fire on the east side of Highway 395 at 2:29 p.m. today between Spring Valley and Leviathan Mine Road. The fire was smoldering under a heavy rain storm.