Weekend highs expected to top 100 degrees
One unseasonably cool weekend is about to be followed by a seasonably hot one.
Temperatures over the past weekend stayed in the 70s and Monday's predawn low was an almost chilly 52.
That will change rapidly in the coming days as a strong low pressure system moves east and a very strong high pressure system replaces it.
Highs will hit the 80s on Tuesday, the 90s on Wednesday and Thursday and then top the 100 degree mark on Friday right on through the weekend.
The warm up will be so dramatic that overnight lows this weekend will be in the mid 80s, higher that Sunday's afternoon high of 72
It remains to be seen whether the weather will warm enough to trigger the opening of cooling centers in the area.
On tuesday, the national Weather Service predicted a high of 103 on Saturday and 102 on Sunday.
The county-operated centers in Maricopa and Taft open when the high is expected to hit 105 degrees or warmer.
The centers, located at the Veterans Building in Ford City and Gusher Hall in Maricopa, will be open from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. when the temperature trigger is hit.
When cooling centers open you can find out at Taftmidwaydriller.com, on Facebook at TaftMidwayDrillerGroup, on Twitter at @midwaydriller or on the Kern County website at http://www.co.kern.ca.us/pio/coolingcenters.aspx#.VXX12TTF9fY