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Extreme heat ahead for the official start of summer

Triple digit heat is on the way for your late week and weekend.

Posted: Jun 20, 2018 6:48 AM

The warming trend will likely be put on pause today as the Delta Breeze keeps high temperatures in check, but severe heat is on the way for your late week and weekend forecast. There is a decent chance for showers sagging past the Oregon Border into Siskiyou County late this afternoon into the evening, but most areas are expected to stay dry today. Skies are mostly clear for the start of your Wednesday, but clouds will increase in Northern zones of our area this afternoon. Temperatures are starting out warm this morning, with mid 60's in the valley early today, and 40's to 50's in the mountains. Foothill areas are starting out in the high 50's to mid 60's this morning. South winds to 10mph are expected to develop this afternoon, and they will help to keep high temperatures in check later today. Humidity will dip to as low as 15 percent later today, so it will be very dry in the valley. Fire danger will stay in the high range today, and will become high to extreme later this week. High temperatures are projected to climb into the mid 90's in the valley, and into the low to mid 80's in the valley. Showers and potential for thunderstorms will sag into the Northern Mountains late this afternoon through this evening. The majority of the showers should stay confined to Siskiyou County, but Shasta and Trinity County could also be impacted.

High pressure will continue to build across the region for the remainder of the work week, and that will result in severe heat developing later this week. The summer season starts on Thursday, and it's going to feel like it on Thursday afternoon. Temperatures will end up in the mid 90's to low triple digits on Thursday afternoon. Skies will be sunny and we will stay dry from Thursday through your weekend. Temperatures will climb into the triple digits for the entire valley on Friday, and will then climb into the 105 to 110 degree range for both Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Breezy North winds are also expected to develop on Saturday, and humidity will be very low through the weekend. The hot, dry, and breezy conditions will result in extreme fire danger through the weekend. Heat related illness will be very possible, so please keep an eye on loved ones during the heat wave ahead.

Temperatures will start to fall for the start of next week, but are still expected to end up in the high 90's to low triple digits on Monday afternoon. Valley areas will then end up in the mid to high 90's on Tuesday, with more modest cooling ahead through the middle of next week.

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