Northern California lost its storm clouds today, and we certainly regained the heat from last week as highs soared back into the upper 90s and 100s. Another very hot day is ahead, before some minor cooling arrives late this week. The Excessive Heat Warning and a new Red Flag Warning continue through Wednesday night. Tonight will be a mostly clear and quite warm night with areas of smoke. Lows will range from the 50s and 60s in the mountains to the 70s and lower 80s in the foothills and valley. Wednesday will be another hot day, but a few degrees cooler under a mostly sunny sky. Highs will range from the 90s to the 100s from the mountains to the valley.
The strong ridge which has brought so much heat as well as moisture from the south the last few days will be pushed eastward just enough late this week to cool our temperatures to more seasonable levels, but it will still be hot as we would expect in August. The ridge will return this weekend, and that will raise our temperatures back to above average readings, which will continue through early next week. No good chances for rain are in the forecast at this time, but there is a slight chance the ridge could transport more moisture northward toward us. Highs will be in the upper 80s and 90s in the mountains, along with 90s and lower 100s in the foothills and valley.