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Mercury Climbs in California, Plummets in the Plains

April 11, 1988

Undated (AP) _ Freezing temperatures today hit Oklahoma and the Plains, while California basked in an unseasonable heat wave.

Freezing temperature warnings were posted this morning over northern Oklahoma as the mercury dipped to the 30s across much of the northern Plains.

Meanwhile, northern California enjoyed sweltering springtime weather over the weekend, but fire officials weren’t smiling as the mercury rose.

While glorious hot weather filled parks and beaches, it also fueled fears that California could face a drought and a second straight summer of devastating fires.

″I’ve never seen it so dry,″ said Dan Kuhnert, one of about 60 firefighters who battled a small but out-of-control blaze in the Stanislaus National Forest east of Modesto on Sunday.

Sunday was the second day of record heat throughout northern California. In Sacramento, downtown thermometers hit 93 degrees, edging the previous 92- degree record for the date set in 1951. Santa Rosa’s high of 88 beat the 1936 high of 85 degrees.

In San Francisco, the 91-degree temperature as the highest ever for April 10 in the 113 years that records have been kept. The old record, set in 1904, was 84 degrees.

Today’s temperatures were expected to be higher than ususal but a little cooler than the weekend highs, especially near the coast.

Temperatures around the nation at 3 a.m. EDT ranged from 21 degrees at Yellowstone, Wyo., to 74 degrees at Phoenix, Ariz.

Today’s forecast called for rain along the central New England coast; rain and a few thunderstorms over the south from South Carolina, Tennessee and Arkansas across the Gulf of Mexico coast.

Highs will be in the 40s and 50s from New England across the Great Lakes and the upper two-thirds of the Mississippi Valley; low 80s across southern Florida; 90s over the desert southwest and interior valleys of California; 80s over much of California and southern Oregon; 60s and 70s over the rest of the nation.

Other reports:

-East: Atlanta 62 cloudy; Boston 48 cloudy; Buffalo 35 fair; Charleston, S.C. 55 partly cloudy; Cincinnati 51 cloudy; Cleveland 36 fair; Detroit 43 fair; Miami 65 fair; New York 49 fair; Philadelphia 43 fair; Pittsburgh 41 fair; Portland, Maine, 40 rain; Washington 48 fair.

-Central: Bismarck 32 fair; Chicago 41 cloudy; Dallas-Fort Worth 47 fair; Denver 34 fair; Des Moines 39 fair; Indianapolis 50 cloudy; Kansas City 41 cloudy; Minneapolis-St. Paul 37 fair; Nashville 52 cloudy; New Orleans 58 cloudy; St. Louis 44 cloudy.

-West: Albuquerque 46 fair; Anchorage 35 cloudy; Las Vegas 58 fair; Los Angeles 64 cloudy; Phoenix 74 fair; Salt Lake City 42 fair; San Diego 63 fair; San Francisco 68 partly cloudy; Seattle 54 fair.

-Canada: Montreal 41 cloudy; Toronto 34 fair.

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