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When Will Fresno Heatwave Give Way to Cooldown?



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A return to normal June temperatures isn’t expected until Tuesday, June 8, according to the National Weather Service Hanford.

And, for the next couple of afternoons, there is a chance of record highs in Fresno and other Valley locations.

The NWS forecast calls for 105 degrees today in Fresno, Visalia, and Bakersfield.

Splash Parks, Cooling Centers Open

But the triple digits are accompanied by good news for Fresno residents. The city’s splash parks are now open seven days a week and free to use through Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021.

The splash parks are at Figarden Loop Park, Inspiration Park, Martin Ray Reilly Park, Melody Park, Mosqueda Community Center, and Todd Beamer Park.

However, Fresno City Councilman Tyler Maxwell said the Melody Park splash pad needed repairs. A city spokesman said that the Melody Park splash pad would return to service on Wednesday.

In addition, city pools will open the week of June 14 for the summer.

One more thing: Fresno’s four cooling centers will be open from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. today.

No Blackouts Expected

Despite the heatwave baking California, the state’s power grid operator says that it doesn’t anticipate energy outages.

There’s enough electricity to serve the expected spike in demand, the California Independent System Operator said. However, it is monitoring the grid closely in case it needs to call on the public to conserve.

ISO says the state is better prepared to avoid last summer’s rotating blackouts.

Tips to Stay Safe

Health officials advise residents to stay safe by drinking plenty of water and reduce the time spent outdoors. If you do have to go outdoors, lather on the sunscreen.

(GV Wire File)

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email