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Bakersfield is seeing near record breaking heat

California may see worst heatwave since 2006
Posted at 10:07 PM, Aug 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-17 01:07:10-04

Along with this extreme heat, Kern County is experiencing very high humidity. Moisture is coming from an old tropical storm in Baja California that has moved northward into the region. This instability is causing heavy rainfall and isolated thunderstorms mainly in the Desert and Mountain communities. A flash flood watch was issued for these areas on Sunday until 9 p.m.

An excessive heat warning was issued for the Valley and Desert communities until Wednesday, but later extended to Thursday. The Valley is expected to see highs reach 110 degrees, while the Desert is expected to see highs reach 115 degrees.

Temperatures are expected to cool off a bit towards the end of next week, but we are tracking the possibility of a return of this excessive heat for next weekend.

Air quality for Monday will remain unhealthy for sensitive groups, with an AQI of 140.