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Red Flag Warning for critical fire danger today

Gusty North winds and dangerously low humidity will result in a Red Flag Warning for critical fire danger today.

Posted: Oct. 30, 2018 6:37 AM
Updated: Oct. 30, 2018 9:16 AM

Sunny skies, warmer temperatures, stronger North winds, and lower humidity are all ahead for your Tuesday. The gusty North winds, and very low humidity will result in critical fire danger today and that has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Red Flag Warning for the valley, foothills, and portions of the Sierra from 8am this morning through 11am Wednesday morning. You're encouraged to stay extra cautious, as fires could start very easily, and spread rapidly today into early Wednesday. Skies are clear for the start of your Tuesday and are expected to stay sunny this afternoon. Temperatures have dipped into the 40's to 50's in the valley again this morning, and mountain areas are in the 20's to 30's this morning. Winds will be out of the North to around 25mph today, with gusts up to around 40mph. Humidity is projected to drop into the 10 to 20 percent range this afternoon. Your high temperatures will end up in the mid to high 70's in the valley this afternoon, and mostly in the mid 60's for mountain areas later today. The gusty winds, and very dry conditions will result in high to extreme fire danger through this afternoon.

The Red Flag Warning will continue through 11am Wednesday morning. Winds are expected to diminish through the day on Wednesday, but gusts could still reach 25mph out of the North. Clouds will be returning to the Northern zones of the state on Wednesday afternoon, but mid valley areas are expected to stay mostly sunny. Temperatures will warm into the low to mid 80's in the valley for your Halloween afternoon, and we will be staying dry. Conditions for trick or treating look to be very comfortable.

The warming trend continues for the end of your work week, with valley areas climbing back into the mid 80's, and mountain areas climbing into the 70's. Temperatures will stay warm into your upcoming weekend, but we will have a chance for showers returning to the far Northern portions of the state on Sunday. Looks like showers could make their way as far South as Shasta County, but will mostly be limited to the Pacific Northwest. Increasing clouds and a modest cooling trend will be ahead for the start of next week. Showers will be possible in next week's forecast, but timing is currently suspect.

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