Record-high temperatures are expected at Lake Tahoe this weekend as Northern California braces for a heat wave that will see triple-digit temperatures at lower elevations.
“Daytime high temperatures will be around 15 to 25 degrees above normal and will range from around 105 to 112 in the central valley and mainly in the 80s and 90s in the mountains,” according to a special weather statement issued by the National Weather Service in Sacramento Thursday.
The heat wave across the interior of Northern California is being caused by a strong high-pressure system that has been building across the region.
The National Weather Service in Reno is expecting highs near 86, 89 and 83 in South Lake Tahoe for Friday, Saturday and Sunday respectively.
The previous record temperatures for South Lake Tahoe on June 7 and 8 were 83 degrees, and 82 degrees for June 9. Each of those records was set in 1996, according to weather.com.
South Lake Tahoe was expected to break the high-temperature record for the June 6 on Thursday, with a forecasted high of 85 degrees. If the temperature hit the mark, breaking the previous record for the date by 2 degrees could not be confirmed Thursday afternoon.
The highest temperature for June in South Lake Tahoe was 90 degrees, hit on June 25, 1998, according to weather.com. The highest temperature ever recorded in South Lake Tahoe was 99 degrees, set on July 22, 1988.
Temperatures in Sacramento are forecasted to reach as high as 105 over the weekend, with 100-degree weather expected in Reno Saturday. It would be the earliest in the year Reno has ever hit triple digits, according to the weather service.
Forecasters urged people to limit physical activity to the coolest parts of the day and warned young children and the elderly to take precautions against the heat. Thunderstorms are also expected and could raise fire danger, according to the weather service.
Temperatures are expected to cool of by Monday, when highs are forecasted to drop into the low 70s.