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Stocktonians should gear up for some scalding temperatures over the next few days.
The National Weather Service is forecasting widespread triple digits across the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys this week and warning residents not to expect much cooling overnight.
“The heat risk is going to be high,” NWS Meteorologist Scott Rowe said Monday morning.
Stockton will be under an excessive heat watch from 11 a.m. Tuesday through 8 p.m Friday, Rowe said.
Tuesday will be the hottest day, with temperatures expected to reach highs of 106 degrees and lows of 66 degrees, Rowe said. Though nearby areas such as Tracy could see highs of 108 degrees.
Temperatures Wednesday are forecasted to be around 103 degrees with lows of 71 degrees, Lowe said, while Thursday will drop down some to a high of 101 degrees and low of 68 degrees.
Stockton residents looking to beat the heat can cool off in the city’s community centers, city officials said in a press release Monday. The air-conditioned community centers of Arnold Rue, Seifert, Stribley and Van Buskirk will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Water and face masks will be provided at each community center, city officials said.
“On days with high temperatures, please remember to take precautions,” city officials said. “Stay indoors, keep physical activity to a minimum, drink plenty of water, and monitor those who are sensitive to the negative impacts of heat, including elderly, children, those who are ill, and pets.”
Other cooling locations will also be open available throughout the county, according to the county’s Office of Emergency Services.
Both low and high temperatures forecasted for this week are about 10 degrees higher than the average, Low said. The Central Valley was previously predicted to see moderately high temperatures — about 95 degrees and described as pretty typical for this time of year — but the advisory was upgraded to a higher heat risk Monday.
Areas such as Redding, Red Bluff and Sacramento could even potentially break current high temperature records, the weather service said. Though Lowe says weather conditions may improve Thursday and meteorologists will be paying close attention to any changes.
“Just encouraging folks to stay hydrated, stay cool and beat the heat,” he said.
Stockton has seen 24 days with temperatures above 100 degrees, the hottest of which occurred June 10 and June 21 with temps of 105 degrees and 106 degrees, respectively, Lowe said. The 30-year average is 19 days per year.
However, 2021 saw more than 30 100-degree days in total and 2017 hit nearly 40, Row said. In fact, he added, last year could have been even worse had wildfires not released so much smoke into the air.
“It acts as a cloud and prevents things from getting hotter,” Row said, adding that there isn’t much smoke in the air this week. “While the skies remain clear, we have an opportunity for temperatures to go up.”
“Full sunshine ahead,” he said.