Bakersfield, California

It’s the weekend! Today we head to the southern portions of CA’s Central Valley and check in on Bakersfield. What kind of conditions will they see leading up to Monday’s eclipse?

At 935pm PDT, the temperature at Bakersfield, CA is 90 degrees under fair skies. A fairly decent ridge of high pressure is found over the Southwest US, not counting some increased monsoonal activity developing over the Four Corners region. None of this activity is going to get anywhere close to Bakerfield however, as the seemingly endless summer pattern of hot and dry looks to continue unabated throughout the weekend. Temperatures in some spots could creep into the triple digits, but I’m banking on the “close but no cigar” mantra, with highs staying in the upper 90s. Should be a pleasant weekend, as long as you don’t mind the heat.

Saturday: Sunny and hot. High 99, Low 76.
Sunday: Continued sunny and hot. High 97, Low 74.

TWC: Saturday: Sunny. High 102, Low 77.
Sunday: Sunny. High 101, Low 76.

AW: Saturday: Brilliant sunshine and hot. High 102, Low 74.
Sunday: Sunny and hot. High 100, Low 74.

NWS: Saturday: Hot. High 101, Low 75.
Sunday: Sunny. High 99, Low 73.

WB: Saturday: Sunny. High 101, Low 74.
Sunday: Sunny. High 99, Low 75.

WN: Saturday: Sunny. High 100, Low 75.
Sunday: Mostly sunny. High 99, Low 73.

FIO: Saturday: Partly cloudy overnight. High 96, Low 72.
Sunday: Partly cloudy starting in the evening. High 94, Low 71.

Here’s a peek at the water vapor image for the Western US. There’s a weak upper-air disturbance pushing through NV but very dry air is found over the southern half of CA, and that plume of dry air pushing over SoCal looks to remain for the foreseeable future.

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