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They’re looking forward to high 90s

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Rejoice Libaste, left, and Navjot Singh, right, cool off in the water feature at Lathrop’s Valverde Park on Friday.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

POSTED June 1, 2013 2:25 a.m.

The thought of near 100-degree day – like the one that is expected today – is enough to make most people cringe.

It’s literally hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk. By the time your car air conditioner cools it down enough to stop you from sweating you’re already at your destination.

Those lazy Sundays of laying on the breezy couch, in an instant, are over.

But don’t expect Lathrop native Julio Ojeda to complain. He looks forward to the heat – it’s a sign that he’s home and that summer is here and it reinforces that all is right with the world.

And a trip to the river to cool down, he said, isn’t that far away.

“I normally go out to Mossdale. Go out there and take a swim in the river,” he said. “I look forward to the heat, man. I love it. It’s my kind of weather.”

Forecasts have changed over the course of the week, but at one point had the high on Sunday pegged at 101 degrees – a far cry from the breezy weekends that most Central Valley residents have enjoyed over the course of the last month.  Now the hottest day this weekend is expected to be today at 98 degrees then dropping off to 96 degrees Sunday and then 92 degrees on Monday.

With three consecutive days expected charting temperatures in the 90s, the warm spell is officially the first heat wave to roll through the Northern San Joaquin Valley this year – an unusually dry and temperate one.

But Melissa Ellsbury says that she has absolutely no problem waiting until June to turn on the air conditioning in her apartment and was thrilled that a wet and cold winter wasn’t something that we had to contend with this year.

 Not that it’s anything like the fluctuations she remembers living in New Hampshire.

“It’s kind of funny because when it gets to be 60 degrees here it’s cold and when it gets to be 90 it’s hot. That’s really not much of a variation,” she said. “In college we had to contend with blizzards that wouldn’t let you leave for days at a time, and the humidity could be downright unbearable at times.

“But I’ve gotten used to life out here. My friends are definitely jealous when I talk to them about what it’s like outside.”

Marcus Paro agreed with the sentiment.

“Isn’t this the reason that most of us live in California?” asked the Texas native. “It’s some of the most beautiful weather in the world. And we can go so many different places here to enjoy it. You can’t ask for any more than that.”

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