Lower temperatures, clouds bring relief to Modesto area

08/04/2014 4:55 PM

08/04/2014 11:12 PM

If you thought the weather Monday felt more like November than the middle of summer, you’re right.

In fact, the National Weather Service said just that in an update issued Monday afternoon: “Monsoon moisture will continue to impact the area through Tuesday evening bringing cooler and wetter weather that feels more like fall instead of August.”

A system moving through the area brought temperatures a good 20 degrees lower than Northern San Joaquin Valley residents experienced last week. Monday’s high in Modesto was just 82 degrees.

“We’re getting more monsoonal moisture than is typical,” said Brooke Bingaman, a forecaster with the National Weather Service. The conditions are unusual enough to be considered a “once every 10 years” system.

Though rain was expected to fall as far south as Stockton, the Modesto area didn’t see anything significant, according to the Modesto Irrigation District website, though some folks in Oakdale reported raindrops Monday morning.

“The great thing about (the timing) is that we are in a drought, and any bit of precipitation helps,” Bingaman said. “Also, there are several wildfires in California.”

Thunderstorms could linger over the Sierra Nevada mountains throughout the week, Bingaman said. The associated lightning does bring a hazard to the firefighting efforts, but the rain expected to arrive afterward should be a help.

And there is a less quantifiable bonus to the change, as well. “It’s just nice to get a break from triple-digit temperatures,” Bingaman said.

The clouds should clear out of the Valley by Wednesday, with temperatures gradually rising through the end of the week and into the weekend.

“By Wednesday, you’ll be in the lower 90s and by Thursday and Friday, closer to the mid-90s,” Bingaman said. That’s pretty close to normal for this time of year, when temperatures generally run into the mid-90s.

Overnight lows are expected to drop into the upper 60s.

Brief as it might be, the respite has been a welcome relief to many local residents, including several readers who posted on The Modesto Bee’s Facebook page.

“I love this weather!” said Melissa Francoise Bergerie. She has good reason: she’s pregnant.

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