Jun 23, 2015 10:23 AM by Cort Klopping
A heat wave is taking hold of the north state in your Tuesday forecast. Temperatures have only dipped into the low to mid 60's for most of the valley overnight, while mountain areas have bottomed out in the high 30's to low 50's. Afternoon high temperatures are projected to climb into the mid 90's to around 101 degrees, and mountain areas are expected to climb into the mid 80's to mid 90's later on today. Winds will be shifting, and are expected to be out of the North to around 10mph in the valley. Mountain areas will have winds to around 10mph out of the West. Humidity values will be extremely low, and are projected to fall back to around 5 to 10 percent this afternoon.
The heat will ramp up towards the end of your work week, with valley areas projected to climb into the 104 to 111 degree range. The extremely low humidity values will continue to drive high fire danger, and the potential for dry lightning in the mountains is also a big concern for Friday, and Saturday. There will be more moisture associated with the thunderstorms after Saturday. Temperatures will continue to be well above average heading into next week's forecast. Please stay safe in the hot conditions, and use extra precaution with the extra fire danger in place. I hope everyone has a great Tuesday!