Aug 14, 2015 10:53 AM by Cort Klopping
Sunny skies, mild temperatures, and breezy conditions are ahead for your Friday forecast. Winds could gust up to 25pmh in the valley, and up to 30mph in the mountains out of the South this afternoon. The strong winds mixed with low humidity values will result in an elevated risk of fires across the region today. A Red Flag Warning is in place for areas East of the Sierra/Cascades crest until 11pm tonight. Sustained winds will be out of the South to 10mph in the valley, and 15mph in the mountains throughout the day. Humidity values will fall below 20 percent for the lower elevations again this afternoon.
Temperatures are starting out in the low to mid 60's for the valley this morning, and in the low 40's to mid 50's in the mountains. Afternoon high temperatures are projected to climb into the low to mid 90's in the valley, and into the high 70's to high 80's for the mountains. These temperature values are very similar to what the region had on Thursday, but much hotter weather is ahead for the weekend. Valley locations will climb into the high 90's to around 105 degrees over the next couple of days. Only minor cooling is expected towards the middle part of next week.
Winds will shift this weekend, and become out of the North. The North winds will result in poorer air quality across the valley as smoke from several fires burning in the Northern Mountains will be pushed into the lower elevations. I hope everyone enjoys this last mild day before the heat sets in this weekend, has a fantastic Friday, and a wonderful weekend!