For third straight day, Modesto bakes in record heat

Thermometer illustration. (McClatchy Tribune)
Thermometer illustration. (McClatchy Tribune) KRT

It may not be quite as hot today as it was yesterday, but who's to quibble over a degree or two?

The Modesto Irrigation District recorded a high of 95 degrees late this afternoon, overtaking the previous record high for this date of 92 degrees in 1987.

It was even hotter Tuesday, when the mercury in downtown reached 100 degrees.

It was the earliest in the year the city has reached the century mark since MID began recording temperatures in 1939.

This evening, temperatures are expected to cool into the 50s.

By Thursday, when a low pressure system making its way down from British Columbia takes hold, expect temperatures to cool off from 25 to 35 degrees off today's high, according to the National Weather Service.