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Cooling off in Manteca
Going from record high to 80 degrees
Shawna Vigil, 13, took advantage of the cool waters of the Manteca interactive water feature at Library Park late Wednesday as temperatures hit a high of 97 degrees. - photo by HIME ROMERO
If you thought summer was officially here Wednesday when you sweltered in the day’s ice-melting and sweat-drenching 96-degree temperatures, you thought wrong.

As you will see happening today, the mercury will drop in the more springy levels of 70 to 80 degrees with the cooling trend toward late afternoon aided by mostly cloudy skies.

And if you thought Wednesday was unusually hot, you were right. In fact, the day’s high temperature of 96 degrees was a record breaker. It broke the record high for that day – 88 degrees – which was set in 1997. Fortunately for some sizzling residents in Manteca, there was the interactive water feature in the Library Park where they could cool off and have some fun at the same time. Unfortunately for local folks in 1997, there was no such easily available – and free – cooling place to go then.

Area residents can expect to enjoy more normal spring weather in the coming days. The National Weather Service is predicting more tolerable heat levels this weekend and through Wednesday next week with highs from the low 60s to mid 70s.

Today is fly-a-kite day with light winds from 10 to 15 miles per hour earlier in the day, then turning into wind gusts of up to 30 mph later in the afternoon. Partly cloudy skies are also predicted for Sunday through Tuesday.

Trivia tidbit for those who keenly keep track of the weather: the record low for April 22 is 38 degrees which was set in 1963. Normal low for this day is 48. Wednesday’s low was closer to normal at 55 degrees.