High of 109 predicted by midweek

An excessive heat warming has been put into effect for the Taft area and entire San Joaquin Valley as a heatwave is expected top push temperatures to near 110 on the West Side through the middle of middle of next week.

The warning goes into effect Sunday at noon and continues through Tuesday at 11 p.m.

Kern County will open a cooling center in Taft starting Sunday as temperatures are expected to climb above 105.

Currently, the cooling center in Taft at the Veterans Building at Cedar and Taylor Streets is scheduled to be open Sunday and Monday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The cooling center in Maricopa at Gusher Hall is not scheduled to open, according to the Kern County website.

The temperature in Taft was climbing rapidly Saturday morning, hitting 90 by 8:45 a.m. on the way to a predicted high of 101

Sunday's high is expected to hit 105, the trigger point to open cooling centers in the valley, then climb to 107 Monday, 108 Tuesday and 109 on Wednesday.

Overnight lows will reflect the high heat and are expected to be in the low to mid 80s.

The heat is expected to ease a little as next weekend approaches and afternoon highs may fall into the upper 90s by Friday.