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Fresno Wakes Up to Rain. How Will It Affect Weekend Temperatures?



Fresnans awoke Friday to rain for the first time since April. (GV Wire/Jahz Tello)
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No, you are not having a fever dream brought on by the summer’s extreme heat. It really is raining in Fresno this morning.

Monsoonal moisture from the Gulf of California brought rain across the Valley and Sierra starting Thursday night and continuing into Friday morning. The rains are forecast to taper off by midday Friday, said J.P. Kalb, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Hanford.

The stagnant ridge centered over the Great Basin, otherwise known as the Four Corners where New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Utah meet, allowed monsoonal moisture to flow from the southeast, contributing to Friday’s damp conditions, he said.

But a shift in the high-pressure ridge that has held hot weather over our weary heads most of the summer and an approaching trough off the coast will push the monsoonal moisture eastward, Kalb said.

Temperatures, which stayed above 100 degrees for 20 days in July in Fresno, will remain in the 90s for the next few days, with a few 100s in places like Hanford, Kalb said.

Nancy Price is a multimedia journalist for GV Wire. A longtime reporter and editor who has worked for newspapers in California, Florida, Alaska, Illinois and Kansas, Nancy joined GV Wire in July 2019. She previously worked as an assistant metro editor for 13 years at The Fresno Bee. Nancy earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Her hobbies include singing with the Fresno Master Chorale and volunteering with Fresno Filmworks. You can reach Nancy at 559-492-4087 or Send an Email

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