San Luis Obispo County residents should brace for a scorching hot weekend, with high temperatures that could break a nearly 50-year-old record.
Thermometers in Paso Robles will likely hit 106 degrees on Saturday, which would eclipse the previous record of 104 degrees set in 1971, according to John Lindsey, a PG&E meteorologist.
The heat wave will likely continue into next week, bringing even more record-setting temperatures to the North County, Lindsey said. Paso Robles is predicted to reach 109 degrees on Tuesday, which would surpass the previous 107-degree record set in 2008.
Temperatures in the Central Valley may top a 70-year-old record — Bakersfield is expected to hit 113 degrees on Tuesday, which would smash the 107-degree mark set in 1947, Lindsey said.
The scorching heat is coming from a large high-pressure system in the Southwest desert region of the country, Lindsey said.
“It’s building and expanding over the Sonoran Desert toward California,” he said.
On the Central Coast, coastal valleys will be cooler, but still warm. Lindsey predicts San Luis Obispo’s Saturday high will reach 88 degrees, and temperatures should remain in the mid- to upper 80s through next week.
The heat is expected to last through next weekend, when a low-pressure system could return to the area, he said.
Lindsey encouraged residents to be careful in the heat, especially coming off a period of cooler temperatures. Residents are encouraged to stay hydrated, take advantage of air-conditioned spaces and keep children and pets out of hot vehicles.
Paso Robles’ record-breaking forecast
104 in 1971
105 in 1957
108 in 1959
107 in 2008
108 in 2008
Source: John Lindsey