Pleasant today, but severe heat returns for your weekend

Slightly cooler today, but hot temperatures and extreme fire danger are ahead for your weekend.

Posted: Jun 28, 2018 7:05 AM

The sunny and dry weather will continue across Northern California today, but temperatures are expected to end up a little cooler this afternoon. Skies are starting out clear this morning, and are expected to stay sunny to mostly sunny today. Temperatures have dipped into the 60's in the valley overnight, and mountain areas are starting out in the 40's to 50's again this morning. Winds are expected to be up to 10mph out of variable directions through the day. Mid valley areas and the Butte County Foothills are starting out with winds out of the Southeast to 10mph early today, while we are getting winds out of the Northeast in the Northern zones of our area this morning. South winds are expected to taper off later today, and North winds will take hold of the entire region. Humidity will end up in the 15 to 30 percent range again this afternoon. High temperatures are projected to climb into the high 80's to mid 90's in the valley later today, and mountain areas will top out in the 70's to 80's. This afternoon will more than likely end up being the coolest of the week. Fire danger will remain in the high range due to the low humidity, warm temperatures, and breezy winds.

Temperatures will be heating up, and fire danger will become a much bigger concern over the next few days. The cooler system that is tracking through the Pacific Northwest will head East tonight, and will result in warmer temperatures on the way for our area. Temperatures will climb into mid to high 90's in the valley on Friday afternoon, and mountain areas will end up in the 80's to 90's. Gusty North winds will be possible from late tonight through Sunday. North winds could gusts to 35mph over the next few days, and humidity will likely dip into the 5 to 20 percent range. A Fire Weather Watch will go into effect for the entire valley and foothill areas on Friday morning, and is expected to stay in place through Sunday night. Temperatures will get even hotter heading into the weekend, with valley areas ending up in the triple digits on both Saturday and Sunday. Mountain areas will likely top out in the 80's to 90's through the weekend. Winds are expected to shift to become out of the South on Sunday afternoon, and a decent cooling trend will then return for next week.

Temperatures are projected to top out in the mid 90's in the valley on Monday, and will then dip into the mid to high 80's on Tuesday. Your 4th of July forecast looks very pleasant at this time. Valley aras will more than likely be mostly sunny, with highs topping out in the mid to high 80's on Wednesday afternoon.

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Thursday was the last fairly quiet weather day that we'll have in northern California as a series of storms will move our way through next week. Our first chance for rain and snow showers arrives Friday morning with a cold front.
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