Sunday may see third heat record fall
Expect a third day of record high temperatures today before a new weather system brings cooler conditions on Monday.
On Saturday, the temperature in Minden hit 100 degrees, breaking the 10-year-old record of 98, according to the National Weather Service.
Friday also saw a record high temperature in the Douglas County seat, hitting 98 degrees, topping a record of 96 set in 2003.
The record high temperature for today was 96 degrees, set in 1955. The forecast calls for a high temperature of 97 degrees.
Average high temperatures for the first of June run in the low 80s, and past years have even seen snowfall. Despite these three days, the record average temperature for the month to date is still shy of that set in 2003, but today could see that change.
A red flag warning goes into effect at noon today through 11 p.m. for thunderstorms and strong outflow winds for eastern Alpine and Mono counties.
The National Weather Service is predicting dry thunderstorms by mid-afternoon that could persist into the evening. Winds from these thunderstorms of 60 mph or more are possible near the thunderstorms, thought their effects could be felt for up to 20 miles, forecasters say.
Lightning strikes could start fires and strong winds could cause those fires to grow rapidly.
Thunderstorms also pose an immediate threat to boaters, forecasters said.
On Monday, the high temperature is expected to drop nearly 20 degrees to 78, with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Expect partly sunny and breezy conditions, with a chance of scattered showers.