Thankfully the strong wind has come to an end over Northern California, but the fires continue to burn, our weather is unseasonably hot and dry, smoke fills the air for most of us, and there is no rain in sight in the short term. Tonight will be a quiet weather night with areas of haze and smoke along with little wind and no clouds above. Lows will range from the 30s and 40s in the mountains to the upper 50s, 60s and lower 70s in the foothills and the valley. Wednesday will be a quiet weather day with plenty of sunshine being filtered through areas of smoke and haze. Highs will stay well above average for the last day of September, ranging from the 80s in the mountains to the mid and upper 90s in the foothils and the valley.
A strong ridge of high pressure will remain in control of our weather through the first few days of October. The sun will be shining for all areas of northern California, but it will still be battling areas of smoke and haze from all the fires in the region. Fortunately the wind will be weak, but temperatures will stay hot and the air will be very dry. The ridge will break down a bit late this weekend and early next week, but the ridge will still be the dominant feature in our weather, and at this time there are no good chances for rain through the first ten days of October. Highs will range from the 80s and lower 90s in the mountains to the 90s and lower 100s for the foothills and valley, with a modest cooling trend early next week.
<Winds were strong over the last 24-48 hours. Winds will die down tonight with more heat mid-week.
Jarbo Gap recorded a wind gust of 72 mph at 5am this morning. A RED FLAG WARNING will remain in place until Monday night due to strong winds. When winds relax, rapid spreading fires will be less of a concern and we should see some evacuations getting lifted and fires reaching better containment.
The heat will be strong by mid-week. A strong ridge of high pressure will park over us through the week. Daily highs in the upper-90s to 105 will be possible in the valley Tuesday-Thursday with the hottest day being Wednesday. It will also remain dry and sunny but winds will be light.
Once we get to the weekend, the ridge of high pressure will flatten out. This will lead to a cooling trend from Friday to Monday, where we will cool a few degrees each day. We'll see highs back in the mid-to-low 90s over the weekend and may even see highs in the upper-80s by Monday for some in the valley