Steve Ranson
A farmer beats the midday heat Tuesday morning by plowing a section of his field. Triple-digit heat is expected to return to the Lahontan Valley by Thursday.
Steve Ranson/ | LVN

A high ridge forming over most of Nevada today will be leading to another round of triple-digit highs in the Lahontan Valley, reports the National Weather Service.

Meteorlogist Tony Fuentes in Reno said Tuesday that Fallon can expect highs in the low 100s through Monday when the ridge begins to flatten out. The NWS also reports a slight chance of thunderstorms for Monday.

“Fallon will not be setting many records,” Fuentes said. “The previous records are pretty high.”

Fallon is expected to reach 100 degrees on Thursday, short of the 107 mark set in 1960. Friday’s record is 106, also set in 1960, but Fuentes said Fallon should reach 102.

“The closest day that Fallon could break the record is Saturday,” Fuentes added.

The NWS is predicting Fallon to reach 105 on Saturday, but Fuentes said the area recorded a high of 106 degrees in 1931, which could possibly fall.

Highs will hover near 100 degrees from Sunday through Tuesday. Fuentes said the records for those three days — all set in 2003, were 104, 107 and 108 degrees, respectively.

The newest wave of triple-digit highs follows a pattern that brought hot temperatures to most of the West during late June and the first week of July. Fallon recorded seven consecutive days of 100 degrees or hotter and broke six records. Fallon had two days of 108 degrees, a day of 105 and two more at 104. The NWS said a high ridge over the Southwest caused many communities to break records. Not only were areas affected by hot weather, but severe thunderstorms rolled through Northern Nevada. Rain caused flooding on Interstate 80 on July 4, causing two westbound lanes to close because of water and mud.

According to the NWS, the average normal high for mid-July is in the mid-to-high 90s, and those temperatures should return next week.

As for morning lows, the NWS said they will range between 60-65 degrees.