The Shasta District Fair on Wednesday kicked off its annual four days of fun at the fairgrounds in Anderson.
If you go, be ready for triple-digit temperatures during the daytime with clear skies and bright sunshine, according to the National Weather Service.
“It’s going to be toasty,” said Anna Wanless, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Sacramento.
With the fair running from noon to 9 pm, fair-goers can wait until after sundown to escape the high heat. The weather service says nighttime temperatures this week will range from 70 to 74.
This week, fair activities include live entertainment, carnival rides and games, livestock exhibitions and the Junior Livestock Auction, vendor and food booths, and Saturday night auto racing, according to the Shasta District Fair and Event Center.
Fair guests may want to stagger their outdoor fun with visits to shaded indoor exhibits to get out of the baking sun.
The weather service advises fair-goers to drink water, protect their skin with a hat or sunscreen and limit their outdoor stays.
Wednesday was expected to be the hottest day this week, with temperatures reaching at least 106 degrees, Wanless said. Afternoon highs on Thursday through Saturday will range from 100 to 103 degrees.
The good news is there will be little or no wind, Wanless said. Despite the heat and dryness, without wind there will not likely be elevated fire weather concerns to mar people’s fair fun.
The fair ends Saturday, but expect the triple-digit heat to last through Monday, according to the forecast. On Tuesday, high temperatures should drop into the upper 90s,
“Summer is here,” Wanless said.
For more information go to the Shasta District Fair grounds’ website at www.shastadistrictfairandeventcenter.com or call 530-378-6789.
Mike Chapman is an award-winning reporter and photographer for the Record Searchlight in Redding, Calif. His newspaper career spans Yreka and Eureka in Northern California and Bellingham, Wash. Support local journalism by subscribing today.