Triple digit heat continues in Kern Count, very poor air quality

Hot and dry this week, monsoonal storms possible

The heat continues! Thursday brought the hottest day of 2016 so far with the official high of 109 degrees in Bakersfield and hazy conditions across the Valley due to wildfires across California. Hot temperatures are expected across the entire county with temperatures 5-10 degrees above average.

Kern County’s High Temperatures Today:

Valley: 106-110

Kern River Valley: 95-102

Mountain Communities: 90-95

For your Friday, you can expect hazy skies in the valley with very dry weather continuing across Kern County!

Currently, there is an Air Quality Alert Warning (expires Friday Evening) and an Excessive Heat Warning (in Kern County desert which expires Friday at 8pm) in effect in Kern County. Be sure to purchase our 23ABC Storm Shield mobile and tablet app to stay up-to-date with storm watches and warnings as they are issued: iTunes iOS & Google Play -

In terms of air quality, today ranks 'Unhealthy' on the Air Quality Index scale. Today's air quality index number is 159. It is advised that you avoid any outdoor physical activity today due to the very poor air quality. 

Looking ahead, we won't see much temperature variation over the next several days with well above average heat expected to continue for most of the next 7 days. The possibility for some monsoonal showers exists in the Kern County Mountains this weekend but most of us will remain dry and hot. 

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