A stifling heat wave that has gripped the Valley for nearly a week is expected to continue through the weekend, with temperatures expected to drop only slightly over the next few days.
By 3 p.m. Monday, the thermometer at Fresno Yosemite International Airport registered 107 degrees, the National Weather Service said. It was up to 107 and 105 on readings in the Avenal area and 105 in Traver.
The high for Tuesday was forecast at 110 and the same for Wednesday. By Thursday, the temperature is expected to begin dropping, but don't expect a huge cool down. Thursday's high is forecast at 109, Friday, 106 and Saturday 102.
Sunday's high is expected to reach 100.
"If you consider 98 to 100 degrees cooler, than it will be cooler," said Cindy Bean, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
An excessive heat warning remains in effect through Thursday at 8 p.m.
Prolonged exposure to the heat can lead to heat-related illnesses or heat stroke. To avoid becoming ill, people should drink plenty of water and stay in an air conditioned room. Outdoor workers should restrict their activities to the early morning hours or evening hours and take frequent breaks in a shaded area or in an air conditioned room.