Heat relief for fairgoers on Saturday?
Patches of clouds, high temperatures and higher humidity greeted Nevada County Fair visitors Wednesday. Residents will continue to experience some of the hottest temperatures of the summer today; however, weather is still cooler than last year.
Wednesday reached a high of 95 degrees in Grass Valley, and similar temperatures are expected today. The relative humidity is also slightly higher because clouds are moving in, said Harry Stockman, president of Qwikcast.com weather service.
Many along the midway at the Nevada County Fairgrounds fanned themselves with programs Wednesday or stood under the misters at some of the Treat Street booths, chomping on snow cones or licking soft ice cream cones.
“It’s a little hot, but we just buy a few more drinks,” said Anthony Rath of Penryn, who brought his wife and children to opening day. “The cloud cover came in, and I think that could be our saving grace.”
Karla Hanson stayed cool in front of a fan as she dished up tacos at the Nevada City Lions booth.
“It could be raining, and that could be worse,” she said.
Weather forecasters expect temperatures to drop 10 to 15 degrees by Saturday, in time for weekend activities at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.
Sacramento typically experiences hotter weather than Nevada County, and temperatures this week are expected to reach 105 degrees in the Central Valley. Stockman said Sacramento had 17 days over 100 degrees last year during the month of July alone. This year there have been only three, he said.
“We hit a high for the first time in the Central Valley much later, so this is a long wait for these temperatures,” Stockman said. August is typically the hottest month of the year, with an average temperature of 90 degrees.
Stockman said Sacramento and foothills’ residents will continue to experience hot weather until Saturday, when temperatures are expected to drop. The hot weather and low pressure attracts the cool ocean air, creating cooler temperatures, he said.
Residents headed to the fair today should take precautions for the hotter weather by drinking plenty of fluids, staying in the shade, and wearing loose-fitting clothing and head coverings.
Staff writer David Mirhadi contributed to this story.
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