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Mid-State Fair weather to hit 105, cooling this weekend

A smoky haze fills the air and obscures the hills east of Santa Margarita on Tuesday. The smoke is from the Soberanes Fire in Monterey County, which has burned more than 19,000 acres.
A smoky haze fills the air and obscures the hills east of Santa Margarita on Tuesday. The smoke is from the Soberanes Fire in Monterey County, which has burned more than 19,000 acres. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

If you’re trying to catch one of the remaining days at the California Mid-State Fair this week, be prepared for some toasty conditions.

Highs are expected to be 105 degrees on Wednesday and Thursday and the heat wave will top out at 102 on Friday, said John Lindsey, a PG&E meteorologist.

But the good news is that the fair’s final weekend will see a cooling trend, with a much more tolerable high of 92 degrees on Saturday and then 88 on Sunday to close out the festivities.

This is definitely one of the warmer fairs.

John Lindsey, PG&E meteorologist

A low-pressure system will move into the Pacific Northwest on Friday into Sunday, dropping those scorching daytime temperatures. The hottest time of day will be 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. with temperatures holding fairly steady during the afternoons, Lindsey said.

For fairgoers attending the 7:30 p.m. concerts, including Duran Duran on Wednesday night and Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Jonny Lang on Thursday, the evening conditions will cool to the 80s by 8 p.m. and the 70s by 10 p.m.

“This is definitely one of the warmer fairs,” Lindsey said. “But in 2006, I remember we had days of 114 and 112.”

Wednesday’s predicted high of 105 is 3 degrees cooler than the record for Paso Robles of 108 degrees, Lindsey said.

“That means we could see a record on Wednesday if it gets a little hotter than expected,” Lindsey said.

105 expected high temperature on Wednesday and Thursday

Lindsey said he received some reports of smoke in the Paso Robles and Templeton area from the ongoing Soberanes Fire in Monterey County.

But Lindsey said that southwesterly winds were expected to push smoke from that blaze to the northwest and away from the North County.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the fire had burned 19,311 acres and was 10 percent contained, according to Cal Fire. The fire has destroyed 20 homes and two outbuildings and threatened 1,650 structures. Evacuation orders were in effect in some areas of Carmel Valley.

Several state parks have also been closed: Andrew Molera State Park, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Point Sur Lighthouse State Historic Park, Pine Ridge Trail to Sykes Hot Springs, and Mount Manuel Trai. The latest information can be found at www.calfireinformation.weebly.com.

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