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Valley gets reprieve from triple-digit heat

(BART AH YOU/bahyou@modbee.com) - Paul Martinez cools off after drinking water from a gallon container, Friday afternoon. Modesto temperatures reached 90 degrees today according to the Modesto Irrigation District. Temps are suppose to hit triple digits throughout the weekend.  MID records a record high of 107 in July of 1950 for Modesto.
July 1, 2011
(BART AH YOU/bahyou@modbee.com) - Paul Martinez cools off after drinking water from a gallon container, Friday afternoon. Modesto temperatures reached 90 degrees today according to the Modesto Irrigation District. Temps are suppose to hit triple digits throughout the weekend. MID records a record high of 107 in July of 1950 for Modesto. July 1, 2011

Whew! That sound you hear is widespread relief from nearly a week of three-digit temperatures in the Northern San Joaquin Valley.

Highs the rest of this weekend and into next week are anticipated to remain in the relatively blissful double digits, with temperatures about 10 degrees lower than normal, the National Weather Service said.

"The funny part is it's not all that hot now compared to what you're used to," said forecaster Steve Goldstein. "But it was kind of a quick, brief transition."

Saturday's high temperature was 92 degrees, a few degrees cooler than Friday's 97, according to the Modesto Irrigation District.

The weather service predicted the high to be in the low 90s today in the Modesto area and the low to mid-80s later in the week. Nightly lows are expected to be in the almost chilly high 50s. Similar conditions are expected in the foothills.

There's good news for folks planning to attend the Stanislaus County Fair, which opens Friday in Turlock.

"It appears as though we're looking at least at a six- to 10-day period of cooler weather," Goldstein said. "And by that time that begins to bring us toward the end of July."

That's followed by August, which certainly can bring its share of hot weather, but the longer nights offer more opportunity for cooling.

"There's nothing precluding us from having a hot fall, but a below normal month of July is likely," he said.

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