Dead fish float at Lake San Antonio this weekend during a heatwave. (Courtesy of County of Monterey)

BRADLEY — A large number of fish were found dead at Lake San Antonio, in South Monterey County, the county’s spokesperson Maia Carroll said on Saturday.

County officials notified the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, which attributed the event to the extreme temperature change during a heatwave this weekend that caused the water to be depleted of oxygen.

Temperatures near the lake were forecasted to reach a high of 114 degrees on Saturday and 106 degrees on Sunday, with a red flag warning and excessive heat advisory in effect. Monday and Tuesday will be similarly hot.

Carroll said in an email that there is not believed to be any risk to people or pets.

Fishing at the lake is still allowed, but anglers are advised not to interact with the dead fish.

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