By Nikki Garrett Metzger
(Victor Valley) – The National Weather Service in San Diego is forecasting HOT temperatures for today and tomorrow. While here in the High Desert we’ll see highs between 104 and 107 degrees, Barstow could see 113 degrees today, 110 degrees tomorrow, and 108 on Thursday. Areas down the hill could see record setting heat with temperatures in the triple digits, and the low deserts could see temperatures between 115 and 120 degrees during the day.
The dry conditions and low humidity make for critical fire weather, as was the case Sunday night when a 5 acre fire broke out in Apple Valley between Round Up and Ocotillo, just to the east of Valley Vista. Fire crews quickly put the fire out before it grew out of control or reached nearby structures. On Monday afternoon a fast moving fire along Hwy 18 in the San Bernardino Mountains shut down the roadway and caused evacuations in Old Waterman Canyon. At last update the fire was holding at 75 acres with 30% containment. Hwy 18 was expected to remain closed from Lower to Upper Old Waterman Canyon Road until midnight. Old Waterman Canyon Road was re-opened and evacuation orders were lifted by 6:30pm. There were three firefighter heat-related injuries reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Starting Wednesday subtropical moisture will move into the area adding humidity to the high temperatures, which will result in a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoons and early evenings over the mountains and deserts. The threat of lightning from these possible storms combined with the hot conditions will maintain elevated fire weather concerns across the mountains and Victor Valley through much of the week, according to NWS.
The National Weather Service in San Diego reminds us that during hot weather…
- Avoid strenuous outdoor activity if possible
- If you have to go outside, drink plenty of non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated fluids
- Wear light, loose fitting clothing
- Wear a hat to shield yourself from the sun
- Use sunscreen to reduce possible sunburn
- Take advantage of air conditioning and shade if possible
- Never leave children or pets in enclosed vehicles, even briefly
And be sure your pets, if they must be outside, have plenty of cool, fresh water and shade from the sun. If you can, bring them indoors out of the heat.