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Modesto hits 100 ... and smashes a record

On a day when temperatures were expected to break a record, Yelena Frerking, 2, of Modesto, enjoys playing in the water feature at Ustach Park in east Modesto,   April 21,  2009.   (Brian Clark / The Modesto Bee)
On a day when temperatures were expected to break a record, Yelena Frerking, 2, of Modesto, enjoys playing in the water feature at Ustach Park in east Modesto, April 21, 2009. (Brian Clark / The Modesto Bee)

Modesto's temperature reached 100 degrees today, making it the earliest in the year the city has reached the century mark since the Modesto Irrigation District began keeping temperature records in 1939.

It was only the second time during the month of April the temperature has ever reached 100, and for the second straight day, eclipsed a record.

The former high temperature on April 21 of 92 degrees, set in 1986, gave way when the thermometer surpassed that mark between noon and 1 p.m., according to the MID.

It was April 30, 1981, when the MID recorded its only other 100-degree temperature in the normally mild month of April, when the average high is 73. The MID temperature is recorded downtown.

Today's century mark was eclipsed sometime around 3 p.m.

The MID said there have been no power outages, and the Modesto Fire Department had received no heat-related calls as of late in the afternoon.

The heat is expected to continue through Wednesday before cooler temperatures — in the low 80s — prevail on Thursday. Temperatures in the 70s are expected through the weekend and into next week, according to the National Weather Service.

While there might be a temptation during this spring heat wave to seek relief in the rivers, the National Weather Service sent out a warning this morning about the water.

Because the heat is melting snow, rivers are not only running fast, but water temperatures are in the 40s and 50s, and officials are warning people about hypothermia, which can strike fast, especially in children.

Last year, the first 100-degree day arrived on May 16. There were 16 days over the century mark last year.

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