Graffiti paradegoers in downtown Modesto should expect scorching heat this evening as the high temperature are expected to reach 103 degrees today.
The National Weather Service warned residents that the high temperatures will be about 15 to 25 degrees above normal this weekend in the Central Valley, but the forecasters predict the Modesto area to return to cool off Sunday with a high of 93 degrees and a slight chance of thunderstorms.
Battalion Chief Hugo Patino of the Modesto Regional Fire Authority asked residents to check on their elderly neighbors and invite them over if they don’t have any air conditioning.
The weather service suggested that most outdoor activities be completed in the morning to limit sun exposure for the elderly and small children. Pets should be kept indoors, and special care should be given to keep livestock cool and hydrated.
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The annual Graffiti parade presented by the North Modesto Kiwanis is scheduled to start at 7 p.m., and sundown usually happens about 8:30 p.m. this time of year. Road closures for the parade are expected to stay in effect until about 9 p.m.