The high temperature in Modesto on Monday reached 98 degrees, according to the weather data collected by the Modesto Irrigation District.
The good news is that for the rest of the week, at least, no other days will be any hotter.
Tuesday, the thermometer again will climb to a high near 98, according to the National Weather Service. The overnight low will be about 64.
Wednesday will be nearly 92 degrees, with the temperature dropping to the high 50s at night.
Thursday will reach near 85, and Friday is expected to peak near 79.
For the weekend, the highs will be back into the 80s – near 84 Saturday and 87 Sunday. Still, a good deal more pleasant than Monday’s 98.
The weather service warns of the importance of practicing heat safety:
On outdoor job sites, stay hydrated and take frequent breaks in the shade.
Check up on the elderly, the sick and those without air conditioning.
Never leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle.
Limit strenuous outdoor activities, find shade and stay hydrated.
The weather service also warns of the risks of seeking heat relief in mountain streams and rivers because they’re running cold and swift from snowmelt. Hypothermia can set in very quickly and cause drownings.
Early Sunday afternoon, a Modesto man, Wesley Nichols, drowned at Modesto Reservoir in Waterford. Information on what might have contributed to the drowning was not available Monday, but even reservoir water is cold this early in the season.
The website Fishingnotes.com estimated that the temperature of Modesto Reservoir water on Monday was in the low 60s. The National Center for Cold Water Safety says, “You should treat any water temperature below 70F with caution. ... Controlling your breathing and holding your breath becomes progressively more difficult as water temperature falls as water temperature falls from 70 to 60.”
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