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Heat pushing at record temperatures

A Lake Tahoe record may fall if the mercury keeps rising.

Sweltering temperatures are setting records across Northern California and Nevada. South Lake Tahoe has yet to get in on the record heat, but that may change today.

The high temperature for the South Shore on the Fourth of July is 87 degrees, set in 1937. Today’s weather forecast calls for temperatures climbing into the mid-80s with party cloudy skies.

“We are going to have some partly cloudy skies and a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening,” said Mary Cairns, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Reno. “Some of the thunderstorms will have some locally heavy rain possible.”

Though thunderstorms are possible, Cairns said they tend to end in early evening, making interference with fireworks shows around the lake tonight unlikely.

Cairns said people enjoying the holiday outside should be cautious if they see thunderstorms approaching. Winds are expected to be light on the lake today for boaters, but Cairns warned conditions can change rapidly.

“With thunderstorms you are going to have lightning and anyone who is out on the lake or doing outdoor activities should be aware of that,” Cairns said.

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