A major heatwave is coming for the Southern San Joaquin Valley with daytime highs climbing above 110 degrees by the start of next week.
The National Weather Service is warning that this could be "potentially life-threatening weather" for some people and pets.
"There is no doubt about it. Our hottest weather so far this year is just around the corner," the NWS warned in a weather discussion. "Children, the elderly, and people with chronic ailments are the most susceptible to heat related illness. Pets and livestock are also susceptible to heat illness and should be cared for accordingly."
Taft is expected to see triple digit heat through at least the July 4 holiday with temperatures peaking on Monday.
Friday's high is expected to hit 104, climbing steadily to 107 on Saturday, 109 on Sunday, and hitting 111 on Monday. Temperatures are expected to drop slightly to 109 on Tuesday and 105 on Wednesday.
Kern County's cooling centers will be open.
The cooling center in Taft is located at the Veterans Building, 218 Taylor Street.
It will be open from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. each day the temperature is expected to hit 105 degrees or higher.
Water and snacks will be provided. The cooling centers are funded by a grant from PG&E.
Overnight lows will be in the mid to upper 70s through the period.