Some mid- and high-level clouds kept temperatures down on Monday, a little below the expected high of 111.
But only a little.
By 3:45 p.m., the temperature was 106 after highs of 108 on Saturday and 110 Sunday.
Taft's cooling center at the Veterans Building at 218 Taylor Street was open Monday for the third day in a row and will be open again Tuesday from 1 pm. to 8 p.m.
The clouds are from a low pressure trough spinning around the huge high pressure system keeping much of the western United States in a heatwave.
The moisture may kickoff some thunderstorms in the mountains. Thunder was reported Monday morning in the Piutes south of Lake Isabella and on Sunday afternoon in the Pine Mountain Club area.
Dry lightning is a threat, the NWS said.
More clouds may come in tonight and those clouds will keep overnight lows very warm.
The low Tuesday morning in Taft is expected to be 84.
An excessive heat warning remains in effect for the entire region through Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. as highs are expected to rebound to near 110 the next two days before a very slow cooldown from the extreme heat.
Temperatures over 100 degrees are expected at least through Saturday.