Although isolated showers and thunderstorms have taken shape over the mountains of northern California today, it has still been a smoky and hot day with the sun breaking through the haze from time to time. A Red Flag Warning continues through 9PM for our eastern counties due to the threat of lightning-caused fires. Tonight will be a mostly clear but smoky night with lows ranging from the 50s in the mountains to the 60s and lower 70s in the foothills and valley. Wednesday will be another partly cloudy but smoky day with isolated rain showers and thunderstorms over the higher terrain. Highs will range from the 80s and lower 90s in the mountains to mainly the 90s in the foothills and the valley.
Quiet and seasonably hot weather is in the forecast for our area for the end of the work and school week as high pressure regains control of our weather pattern and temperatures rise. We will still be dealing with all the smoke for the foreseeable future, however. A trough of low pressure will push over the Pacific Northwest this weekend and early next week, clipping northern California. There is a chance for some gusty wind late this weekend or early next week, but it doesn't look very likely at this time. We will more than likely have a modest cooling of our highs and perhaps less smoke by that point. Highs will remain mainly in the 90s for all areas with a few upper 80s and a few lower 100s.