A weak disturbance passed over northern California early this morning, but as expected, it only brought some gusty wind, a few clouds, slightly cooler weather, and no rain. Much bigger changes to our weather will occur this weekend. Tonight will be a fairly quiet night with fewer clouds, some smoke from area fires, and cooler lows. Overnight lows will range from the 30s and 40s in the mountains to the 50s and lower 60s in the foothills and valley. Friday will be another mostly sunny, hazy, and breezy day with isolated rain showers over our northern mountains. HIghs will be similar to today, ranging from the lower 70s to the lower 80s in the mountains to the upper 70s and upper 80s in the foothills and valley.
The jet stream will move directly over the Pacific Northwest late Friday and Saturday, bringing plenty of strong wind to Washington and Oregon. A strong ridge will then build over California and most of the West Coast late Saturday through most of next week. As the ridge builds overhead, we will have more sunshine, more heat, and gusty downsloping wind which will all contribute to higher fire danger Saturday through Monday. A Fire Weather Watch is currently in place, but will turn into a Red Flag Warning soon. Highs will peak on Monday and Tuesday. Highs will rise from the 80s for most of us on Friday to the 90s and lower 100s this weekend and much of next week. Lows will rise to above average levels as well.