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HOT and dry weather will result in high fire danger today

Hot, dry, and breezy conditions will result in high fire danger over the next several days.

Posted: Jun. 11, 2018 6:36 AM

A substantial shift in the weather pattern is ahead for your work week. The below average temperatures and mountain showers we had over the weekend are now a thing of the past, and we have a big warming trend on the way for the next few days. Hot, dry, and breezy conditions will result in high fire danger across Northern California today. Skies are mostly clear for the start of your Monday morning, but some are still lingering across the far Northwest corner of the state to start the day. Those clouds will thin out early on this morning, and leave us with plenty of sunshine ahead for your afternoon. Temperatures have dipped into the mid 50's to low 60's in the valley overnight, and into the 30's to 40's in most mountain areas this morning. Winds are starting out out of the North to around 10mph, but will increase to around 15mph this afternoon. Gusts up to 25mph will be possible across the Northern zones of the valley later today. Humidity is projected to end up in the 5 to 15 percent range later today. High temperatures will end up in the mid 90's in the valley, and in the mid 70's to mid 80's in the mountains this afternoon. The above average temperatures, very low humidity, and breezy North winds will all combine to leave us in high to extreme fire danger this afternoon. You're strongly advised to avoid any outdoor burning, or any yard work that involves heavy machinery this afternoon.

The heat will intensify over the next couple of days. Valley areas will end up in the triple digits on Tuesday afternoon, and in the high 90's to triple digits on Wednesday. Humidity is expected to be extremely low during this time, and fire danger will continue to be in the high to extreme range. Heat related illness is also going to be a major concern as we head through the next several days. High temperatures will dip back into the low to mid 90's on Thursday, and then into the low 90's in the valley on Friday. We are projected to stay dry through your extended forecast this week.

No big changes are expected for your upcoming weekend. Temperatures will continue to climb into the low to mid 90's in the afternoons, and we are expecting to stay dry. Please make sure you're taking precautions with the hot weather ahead. Make sure to dress for the heat by wearing clothing that is light in color and fabric, make sure to stay hydrated, and avoid exerting yourself in the peak heat of the day. You'll also want to keep a close eye on the groups most commonly impacted by severe heat. Those under 6 years old, those over 65 years old, anyone with weakened immune systems, and pets are all susceptible to health impacts from the heat ahead.

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