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Red Flag Warning for critical fire danger ahead

Staying pleasant and warm today, but critical fire danger is on the way this weekend.

Posted: Nov. 2, 2018 6:49 AM

The warm and dry weather continues in your Friday forecast. Today may be a degree or two cooler than yesterday, but temperatures will still end up around 10 degrees above average this afternoon. A Red Flag Warning for critical fire danger will be going into effect for the valley, and Western foothills at midnight tonight, and is set to stay in effect through 6am Sunday morning. Very low humidity, gusty North winds, and well above average temperatures are all combining to result in critical fire danger during that time.

Skies are mostly clear for the start of your Friday, and temperatures are starting out several degrees cooler than yesterday. Valley areas have dipped into the high 40's to mid 50's overnight, and mountain areas are starting out in the 20's to 30's this morning. Winds will be up to around 10mph out of the North today, and humidity will dip to as low as 20 percent. High temperatures are projected to end up in the low to mid 80's in the valley this afternoon, and in the 60's to mid 70's in the mountains later today. Low pressure passing through to our North will move East this afternoon, and open up the door for tighter pressure gradients and stronger North winds. Sustained winds will be up to around 25mph from late tonight through Saturday, and gusts could reach 40mph. The Red Flag Warning will be in place from midnight tonight until 6am Sunday morning.

Temperatures warm back into the mid to high 80's in the valley on Saturday, and will mostly end up in the 70's in the mountains. Gusty North winds and low humidity will result in critical fire danger for Saturday. Humidity could dip into the single digits on Saturday afternoon. Another cooler system will pass through to our North on Sunday and that will help to diminish wind speeds, and bring slightly cooler temperatures to our region for the latter part of the weekend. Temperatures will still be above average, but valley areas will top out in the high 70's to low 80's as opposed to mid to high 80's from Saturday. Sunny skies and warm temperatures will be ahead for next week. Valley areas are currently projected to top out in the high 70's to low 80's through the middle of next week. Don't forget that we set out clocks back an hour for daylight savings time early Sunday morning!

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