High pressure builds, bringing first 100s of the year

Warmest weather of 2016 starts today!

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Kern County had a mostly clear and dry Memorial Day as Bakersfield topped out at 96 degrees, well above our average of 87 for this time of year.

A ridge of high pressure is building onshore today, which means the last day of May looks to be our first triple digit day of the year here in the valley. We have hit the 100s for the first time in the month of May for the last three years, so it's not unheard of to see heat like this.

The mountains will be warming too, with highs in the 90s in the Kern River Valley. It looks like they might hit the 100s for the first time this year on Friday, but we'll wait and see. Ridgecrest and California City both look to hit that triple digit mark today and stay there the rest of the work week. Expect a high of 86 in Tehachapi this afternoon and 80 in Frazier Park.

The bummer about this stable weather is that air quality is getting much worse here in the valley. Expect it to be unhealthy for sensitive groups Tuesday (101 on the index), with no relief of fresh ocean air arriving until at least late this week.

Next weekend's forecast gets tricky as it looks like we may get a disturbance developing off the Southern California coastline, much like we saw this weekend. With limited moisture we're not expecting any cooling, but it will bring enough instability to possibly once again trigger some higher elevations thunderstorms Saturday and Sunday. Due to the intense heat, there will be a lot of evaporation to overcome, so more likely than not the air will feel more humid but the rain won't reach the ground, making for our first real dry-lightning threat of the season. But it's still a few days away so we'll wait and watch as things develop!

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