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June 10, 2023

Chances of thunderstorms loom after triple-digit heat hits Pajaro Valley

CENTRAL COAST—Summer came out swinging on its first day Tuesday, dishing out a high in Watsonville of 99 degrees and a whopping 104 in Corralitos.

“We had a high-pressure system over our area and much of the state, bringing very high temperatures,” said National Weather Service of Monterey meteorologist Drew Peterson. “Typically this time of year, especially in the Monterey Bay, the marine layer keeps those highs away. But the lack of fog pushed us toward those higher temperatures. We’re expecting the fog layer to bank up Thursday and skirt along the coast but not as far inland. That will significantly lower temperatures along the coast.”

Peterson added that thundershowers are currently working their way north in the San Joaquin Valley and could usher in sporadic lightning strikes in our area later today.

Tarmo Hannula
Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.


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