Scorching summer expected to persist

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Crusita Ponce, 27, of Clovis stands in line Thursday at the Bahama Babes snow cone stand to buy treats for herself and her children.

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer

Don’t expect a break anytime soon from the mid-90s temperatures baking the High Plains.

The high temperature in Clovis has reached 97 degrees or above since Monday and is expected to hit 98 degrees today, according to

AccuWeather senior meteorologist Ken Reeves said an atmospheric holding pattern could mean hot weather for the rest of the month.
“It can get hotter than this,” he said.

Reeves said it’s not unusual for the temperature to rise into triple digits. The record high for August is 110 degrees, set on back-to-back days in 1944.

The record temperature for Aug. 9 is 107 degrees, according to AccuWeather.

The average high in August is 88 degrees.

To stay cool Thursday afternoon, Crusita Ponce, 27, of Clovis and her three children stood in line to buy snow cones at the Bahama Babes shaved-ice stand on 14th Street.

Ponce said temperatures seem like the highest she’s ever experienced, which has meant plenty of trips to the snow cone stand.

“I think we broke our record for last year,” she said.

By the numbers
Days in a row, from Aug. 25 to Aug. 31, 1943, when the
temperature reached 100 degrees or higher

High temperature in degrees in August 2007 on Tuesday

Record high temperature in degrees in August, set Aug. 3 and Aug. 4, 1944