Hot air drove the high temperature to a record-tying level Thursday afternoon.
Fresno officially reached 95-degrees at 3:49 p.m. tying a 109 year-old record from 1903.
The unusual heat was caused by a ridge of high pressure air that shut-off any influx of cool ocean air into the San Joaquin Valley.
The record heat was short-lived however as a cooler air mass moved onto the U.S. west coast from the Gulf of Alaska.
A gradual cooling trend was forecast to last through the weekend culminating in below normal temperatures by the middle of next week.
The cooler air will also carry some moisture with it so there will be a chance of rain beginning Monday night and lasting through Wednesday.