A high pressure ridge is turning up the heat in the Sacramento region.
Tom Dang is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento.
"It looks like it should start to cool off this weekend," says Dang.
"And by the middle of next week, it looks like we should be getting closer to normal."
Dang says that this will probably be the last summer heat wave before fall temperatures cool off the region.
"We do often get one pretty good heat wave in September, sometimes two," he says. "That being said, the last hundred degree day we've ever seen in Sacramento was October 10. So that's like the definitive last time we'll see really hot weather. It could happen, but I wouldn't count on it at this juncture.
The weather service is also monitoring Hurricane Linda off the coast of Baja, which could spark more lightning fires in the Sierra next week.
"It looks like it may bring enough moisture to possibly cause thunderstorms over the Sierra getting it towards Sunday and Monday," he says. "It may actually be a bigger concern when it comes to fire weather just because when you get thunderstorms anywhere this time of year, we're coming off very dry conditions, that could potentially mean new fire starts with any sort of lightning strikes."
-Capital Public Radio Staff