Get ready for severe heat, and high fire danger across Northern California today. We are starting out your Tuesday morning with clear skies, and are expecting sunny skies through the day. Temperatures have stayed much warmer overnight. Valley areas are starting out in the 60's to 70's, and mountain areas are starting out in the 30's to 40's. Winds are out of the North to 10mph this morning, but will become stronger for your afternoon. North winds will top out at around 20mph today, with gusts up to 25mph. Humidity is expected to dip into dangerously low levels, with most of the valley projected to end up in the 5 to 15 percent range this afternoon. High temperatures are projected to climb into the 100 to 105 degree range in the valley this afternoon, while mountain areas top out in the 80's to 90's. The hot temperatures, very low humidity, and gusty North winds will all combine to result in high to extreme fire danger today. You're advised to avoid mowing your lawn, or using any machinery in areas around dry brush today. A fire could start very easily in the conditions ahead for today, and the stronger winds could help to spread flames quickly. We are also very concerned about heat related illness today, so please be cautious. Always remember to keep a close eye on pets and loved ones.
Wednesday will be very similar to today, but winds will not be as strong, and high temperatures are projected to end up a couple of degrees cooler than this afternoon. High temperatures will top out in the high 90's to low triple digits in the valley on Wednesday, and in the 80's to 90's in the mountains. North winds will be up to around 10mph, and humidity will stay very low. Fire danger will stay in the high to extreme range on Wednesday. A very modest, but welcome cooling trend will be ahead for the end of the week. Valley areas will end up back in the low to mid 90's on Thursday, and will stay in that range through Sunday. Friday and Saturday will more than likely stay in the low 90's range for the valley, but temperatures will end up back in the mid 90's on Sunday. There will be a slight chance for showers in Shasta, Lassen, and Plumas Counties on Saturday afternoon, and evening, but we will otherwise stay dry through your extended forecast. Temperatures will heat back into the mid to high 90's in the valley for the start of next week.
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