It was another seasonal afternoon with a westerly breeze continuing to push cooler air into Kern County. Bakersfield topped out at 96 today after starting the morning in the upper 60s. These conditions have been feeling great compared to temperatures above the century mark!
Winds will stay more calm over the next several days and temperatures will begin a slight warming trend. This is due to another weak ridge of high pressure that will build in over the West Coast through the start of the weekend. Temperatures will reach the upper 90s in Bakersfield on Thursday, with air quality back to being unhealthy for sensitive groups. The Kern River Valley will stay in the lower 90s, while the South Mountains will be in the low to mid 80s.
By Friday, temperatures will climb to the triple-digits for the valley, and stay that way through Sunday. Temperatures will get to the upper 90s for the Kern River Valley, and even Tehachapi and Frazier Park will flirt with the 90s this weekend.
Another trough of low pressure to the north will bring back a fresh breeze and some cooling, beginning Monday. That means temperatures will drop back near normal for the Fourth of July! Bakersfield will hit a high of 96 that day, while Lake Isabella will reach 91, and the South Mountains will be in the lower 80s. That also means clear skies and comfortable temperatures through the evening for the firework shows!