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High pressure brings our next heat wave of the season

Air quality remains Unhealthy For Sensitive Groups
Updated: 2019-08-23 08:54:25-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — After topping out at 97 yesterday, we're sunny, hot and hazy today as high pressure builds onshore. That sends us soaring back to our next heat wave of the season.

So expect a high of 100 in Bakersfield this afternoon with air quality that is unhealthy for sensitive groups. The Kern River Valley is hot too, with the mid-90s this afternoon while the south mountains of Tehachapi and Frazier Park see the low to mid-80s today right through the weekend.

Temperatures hover at or above 100 here in Bakersfield right through the weekend and early next week. There will be some high thin clouds passing by on Sunday and Monday as Tropical Storm Ivo far to our south in the Pacific slowly falls apart and churns out to sea, but we won't get any rain out of those clouds.

We're looking to break the streak of 100s next Wednesday as a bit of an onshore flow increases, but we'll stay well above average in those upper 90s for the end of next week.

Long range models call for the possibility of more 100s next weekend as we head into Labor Day and the beginning of September.

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