Highs up to 112 degrees expected in Taft

Temperatures are going to be extremely hot in the Taft area through midweek with afternoon highs reaching 112 degrees, the National Weather Service said.

An excessive heat warning is in place from Sunday morning through at least 9 p.m. on Tuesday.

The heat started on Saturday when Taft hit 109 degrees,tying it for the hottest place in the San Joaquin Valley and all of Kern County (including the deserts).

Only a remote station in the Rio Bravo area was as hot as Taft, the NWS said.

Sunday's high is expected to hit 110 degrees and then get even hotter with a high of 112, followed by a high of 110 on Tuesday.

The heat may back off just a bit by Wednesday but temperatures are expected to stay over 100 through Saturday.

There will be little overnight relief with overnight lows dropping only into the mid to upper 80s.

Here is the text of the excessive heat warning from the NWS:

..EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 9 PM PDT TUESDAY... * TEMPERATURES...103 TO 112 degrees. * TIMING...Today through Tuesday. * IMPACTS...The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Take extra precautions, if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency, call 9 1 1. An Excessive Heat Warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a DANGEROUS SITUATION in which heat illnesses are likely. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.