Heat wave hits Truckee, Tahoe | SierraSun.com

Heat wave hits Truckee, Tahoe

David Bunker
Sierra Sun

Truckee may reach its hottest temperature in history today, as the area settles into a heat wave that is expected to last through Friday.

Truckee is forecast to hit 100 degrees Thursday, and Truckee and Tahoe will stay in the high 90s on Friday, said Gina Beninato, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Reno.

“We should break almost every record today,” she said.

The only other time Truckee hit 100 degrees was in 2002, said Beninato.

The weather service has issued a fire weather watch for the Tahoe Basin for Friday. Forecasters worry that dry thunderstorms could ignite the heat-baked vegetation in the Sierra Nevada around Tahoe.

“We have been above normal [temperatures] for a long time,” said Beninato. “We’re extremely hot for this time of year.”

The average temperature for this part of July range in the low 80s, she said.

Beninato said that the elderly, children and pet owners should be aware of the heat.

“Definitely continue to hydrate,” said Beninato. “Stay indoors if you can, especially if you are susceptible to the heat.”

By the weekend, temperatures should dip into the high 80s.