Mercury reaches triple digits

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer

Clovis experienced its first two triple-digit temperature days in 2007 on Sunday and Monday.

The temperature climbed to 103 degrees on Monday after peaking at 100 on Sunday, according to AccuWeather.com

The record high for Aug. 20 is 105 set in 1930, according to AccuWeather.com data that dates to 1913.

The temperature today will be near 100 degrees, then begin to taper slightly as afternoon thunderstorms roll through the area the rest of the week beginning Wednesday, according to AccuWeather meteorologist Frank Strait.

But it will still be warm for a couple more weeks at least, he said.

“In the last couple days the weather pattern is turned to more of what you would expect to see. (Clovis has) dried out finally,” he said, explaining spring and early summer rain this year brought cooler summer temperatures to the area than is characteristic.

The average high temperature in Clovis is 88.

The heat can be difficult for those who have to work in it.

Fire Chief Ray Westerman said his firefighters dealt with two structure fires Monday, one a shed and one a recreational vehicle.

Firefighters are vigilant about monitoring their hydration when wearing full gear and laboring in the heat, he said. It tends to wear people down faster.

“You’re soaking wet and your energy has been drained much, much faster — that’s the reason you have to rehydrate,” he said.

Westerman said people should wear hats, sunscreen and drink plenty of fluids to avoid heat stroke.

Children are especially susceptible, he said, because they often don’t realize they are over doing it as they play in the heat.

Heat stroke can be life threatening, he said.

“There are health risks associated with being out in the heat. It’s not a good day to be out mowing the yard.”

Parkview Elementary Principal Jennifer Whitehead said students still had outdoor recess Monday but with extra attention given to be sure they didn’t over do it.

Whitehead said the children were in before 1 p.m. when the heat started to peak and the school playground has the advantage of several shade trees.

“It didn’t seem to affect them too much here, we just made sure they had lots of water,” she said.