South Lake Tahoe will be two degrees away from tying today’s record high temperature if forecasts prove correct.
The July 2 record of 87 degrees was set in 2001. Today’s high temperature is expected to reach 85 degrees.
In general, South Shore is running a little warmer than usual this month, with anticipated temperatures of 84 degrees on July 3, 81 degrees on July 4, 82 degrees on July 5 and 84 degrees on July 6.
For comparison, average temperatures for the first part of July are in the upper-70s, according to the National Weather Service.
It’s not expected that South Lake Tahoe will be breaking any records in the foreseeable future, Forecaster Jessica Kielhorn said. But that may not be such a bad thing to some people.
“It should be a beautiful weekend,” she said.
Surface water temperatures at Lake Tahoe’s outlet were about 58 degrees Tuesday morning — low enough, or warm enough, to draw crowds out into the clear water throughout the day.
With so many visitors expected over the next few days, it may help as a reminder that sunburns occur faster at higher elevations, and UV exposure increases somewhere between four to 10 percent for every 1,000 feet above sea level.
Average Lake Tahoe water levels are about 6,000 feet above sea level, give or take a couple hundred feet, Kielhorn said.
“You definitely get more sunburn between late morning and late afternoon and anytime near a reflective surface, like water or sand,” she said.
Winds for the holiday weekend are expected to be traveling at 10-15 mph, according to the weather service. There is a 10 percent chance of thunderstorms over the next week. However, forecasters are expecting sunshine over the weekend.