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Flooding Concerns Rise With Valley Temps Expected in High 90s All Week

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The Sierra warmup prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Flood Watch for Yosemite National Park through at least Friday. (Shutterstock)
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High temperatures in Fresno and other Valley locations will remain in the upper 90s throughout the week, the National Weather Service says.

Meanwhile, overnight lows are expected in the mid-60s.

NWS Hanford says that an upper-level ridge over Canada is driving temperatures 15 degrees hotter than what is customary for the Valley this time of year.

Sierra Warmup Triggers Flooding Concerns

The hotter-than-normal temps also are accelerating a huge Sierra snowmelt and raising flooding alarms. NWS issued a Flood Watch for Yosemite National Park on Sunday that will be in place through at least Friday.

Three Yosemite campgrounds closed Monday because they are expected to flood: Lower and North Pines, and the Housekeeping Camp.

“The combination of extended hot weather and abundant snow means the Merced River may remain above flood stage for some time,” the park said in a statement. An update on the closures is expected Monday evening.

Late last month, eastern sections of Yosemite Valley closed for a few days over expected flooding that didn’t materialize.

The Sierra Nevada also may see a few daily thunderstorms in the afternoon beginning Friday, according to the NWS forecast.

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(Associated Press contributed to this article.)

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

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