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Tahoe could set heat records

Andy Bourelle

It was hot yesterday, it will be hotter today and it will likely be hot most of the week.

A high-pressure zone is hanging over the area, and the temperatures may be near record-breaking at Lake Tahoe.

Jim Ashby, assistant climatologist at the Western Regional Climate Center in Stead, Nev., said temperatures in the upper 80s and low 90s are expected today and tomorrow.

According to the National Weather Service, today’s high will be 86 degrees, Wednesday’s high is expected to be 88, Thursday’s high is estimated to be 89 and Friday it may be 87.

Although it is hot, the temperatures are not far from ordinary.

“(The temperatures) may be above normal, but they’re certainly not unusual,” Ashby said.

Although it may be hotter than normal, Tahoe temperatures are far less than lower-elevation surrounding areas.

Ashby said temperatures from Reno to Carson Valley are expected to exceed 100 degrees today and tomorrow. The Sacramento area could have high temperatures in the 106 to 108 range.

Yesterday, the South Lake Tahoe Airport recorded a high temperature of 85 degrees. With data going back 30 years, the all-time record for the area was 89 degrees on Aug. 3 and 4 and 91 degrees August 5.

“If temperatures reach the 90s, you’ll break some records,” Ashby said.

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