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Paso Robles swelters in 107-degree heat, but cooler days are ahead

Kids jump into the water at the Templeton County Park pool in August 2014. From left, Vanessa Cortez, 7, Karli Maduena, 11, Jocelyn Cortez, 11, Sabine Sandoval, 12 and Julian Sandoval 11, all from Templeton.
Kids jump into the water at the Templeton County Park pool in August 2014. From left, Vanessa Cortez, 7, Karli Maduena, 11, Jocelyn Cortez, 11, Sabine Sandoval, 12 and Julian Sandoval 11, all from Templeton. ldickinson@thetribunenews.com

Paso Robles residents had the good fortune of relatively mild summer weather during the California Mid-State Fair in late July.

But they aren’t getting off so easy this week. Paso Robles posted a sizzling countywide high of 107 degrees on Friday.

Locals who responded to a Tribune reporter's Facebook post said they beat the heat by heading to Nacimiento Lake, to the beach and to the pool at Kennedy Club Fitness where there was “plenty of company,” wrote retiree Tom Zirk.

A strong ridge of high pressure moving in from the desert southwest dominated the weather, said PG&E meteorologist John Lindsey.

Still, the 107 mark in Paso Robles — the highest temperature of the week — was well below the record of 112 set in 1993.

Lindsey said the weekend should bring some cooler conditions before the higher humidity of monsoon moisture returns toward the end of the weekend.

Paso Robles temperatures should drop to the low 90s and high 80s by early next week and hover in the mid-70s in San Luis Obispo.

“As the high-pressure ridge begins to weaken, a gradual cooling trend will occur Saturday through early to midweek,” Lindsey said. “Another round of monsoon moisture will begin to stream northward into the Central Coast on Sunday and continue through about Wednesday, bringing more muggy weather.”

With warmer weather over the past few days, the Ravine Waterpark off Highway 46 on Airport Road in Paso Robles experienced bigger crowds than usual.

“We usually don’t have 1,300 people on a weekday, and we had that on Tuesday,” said Hannah Clifford, an admissions coordinator. “We’re expecting somewhere between 1,400 to 1,600 customers per day this weekend.”

Across town, wholesale gelato business owner Niccolo Lekai said that his business has doubled in the heat of the summer.

Lekai, who owns Leo Leo Gelato, offers more than 100 flavors of gelatos and sorbettos to local vendors, including stores and restaurants.

“There’s definitely a good bump when the weather gets hot like this,” Lekai said. “We offer a product that’s lower in fat and calories than ice cream, and it’s gluten free.”

Elsewhere in the county, Creston posted a high of 105, Atascadero reached 103 and Santa Margarita hit 100 on Friday.

But coastal communities saw much milder conditions — Port San Luis and Morro Bay topped out at a cool 64 and 63 degrees, respectively.

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