Weather to take a dip but triple-digits will return for weekend
Brief cool-off period to last through Thursday and then soar again
It’s going to be a little cooler in the Lodi area for the next couple of days, but don’t get too comfortable. The heat will be back in full force this weekend, and it looks likely to stay a while.
Temperatures in the low to mid-90s are still plenty warm, but after several days in the triple digits, it will be a short break for the area.
“We’ve had a few breaks so far this July, and I guess it depends on what your definition of hot is,” said David Houk, senior meteorologist with the private forecasting firm Accuweather.com.
The brief cool-off period is expected to last through Thursday, but temperatures are likely to begin climbing again by Friday. Saturday and Sunday are expected to be back in the triple digits, Houk said.
The summer heat has been unrelenting this year, and after this week, not much relief is in sight.
The Lodi area averaged about three degrees hotter than usual throughout June, he said, and has been about four degrees hotter than usual so far this July.
Houk didn’t have numbers at hand, but the Lodi area has probably seen more than the usual number of triple-digit days, he added.
Despite the cooler weather today and this week, that trend looks likely to continue through the summer.
“They’re actually forecasting temperatures overall during the next 30 days for our area to be leaning just a little bit above average,” Houk said.
Accuweather’s long-range forecasters were expecting temperatures in the 90s or higher through the end of August. So, how to deal with the heat? The American Red Cross offers several tips for weathering a heat wave. Before a period of hot weather, families should discuss safety precautions — including what to do in a power outage — and prepare an emergency kit with several gallons of water, non-perishable food, a flashlight and extra batteries, and a first-aid kit.
Neighbors should keep an eye out for those in their neighborhood who are elderly, sick or very young, the Red Cross said.
Be sure you have somewhere to get out of the heat — the library or movie theater are good spots — and that pets have plenty of shade and cool water.
On hot days, drink plenty of water and avoid caffeine or alcohol, eat small and frequent meals, and avoid any strenuous activity during the hottest parts of the day, the Red Cross said.
Folks in rural areas should also be careful of brush fires, Houk said.
“Obviously, when you get this type of heat, it tends to dry everything out,” he said.
The dry brush is essentially kindling, meaning sparks that normally would cause no problems — from, for example, a lawn mower — are likely to cause a fire.
One of the dangers, Houk said, are “dry thunderstorms.” The lightning can spark a fire, but if the storm doesn’t bring much rain, then fires can smolder for days, bursting into a wildfire.
More fires, though, are caused by people who aren’t careful enough in the hot, dry conditions.
“Approximately 95 percent of all wildfires in California are caused by people,” according to Cal Fire. The agency has launched a new website,
to share tips on how to prevent fires. An existing site,
shares tips for preparing your home and property for safety during a fire.