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Storm Tracker Forecast: Cooler with high fire danger and potential for thunderstorms

Active and cooler conditions are ahead for the rest of the week. High fire danger is returning this afternoon.

Posted: Aug 8, 2019 6:34 AM

The cooling trend is ramping up across Northern California but so is fire danger in your late week forecast. A Red Flag Warning is going into effect from 2pm until 9pm today for portions of Modoc and Siskiyou Counties. Low humidity and gusty South winds will be the main driving factors in high fire danger today. We'll also have a slight chance for thunderstorms in the Sierra this afternoon and evening. Models are hinting that the bulk of the thunderstorm threat will stay to the East of the Sierra crest, but some activity could spill into our area today. Skies will be sunny for the majority of our region today. Temperatures have dipped into the mid 60's for most of the valley this morning, and mountain areas are starting out in the 40's to 50's this morning. Winds will be out of the South to 15mph this afternoon and humidity is expected to dip into the 15 to 35 percent range later today. High temperatures will end up in the low to mid 90's in the valley this afternoon and mountain areas will top out in the mid 80's to low 90's.

Clouds will be increasing across Northern California on Friday and the potential for showers and thunderstorms will return to a wide portion of our region. The best chance for active weather will be in the Northern Mountains of Trinity and Siskiyou Counties. Shasta County will also have a decent chance for some active weather. Portions of the North valley down into Tehema County could also have some activity on Friday and Saturday. The threat of thunderstorms is prompting a Fire Weather Watch for Trinity and Siskiyou Counties on Friday. Temperatures will be in the mid to high 80's in the valley on Friday and in the 70's to 80's in the mountains. Temperatures will continue to cool in your Saturday forecast. Valley highs will top out in the low to mid 80's, and skies will be cloudy. There is a very decent chance for showers and thunderstorms developing in mainly mountain areas on Saturday but we can't rule out the chance for some active weather in the valley. Temperatures will rebound back into the low to mid 90's in the valley on Sunday. Dry weather and a warming trend will take hold for the start of next week. Valley areas can expect to be in the mid to high 90's on Monday, with 90's to triple digit high temperatures on Tuesday. We'll be staying hot through next week.

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CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2633336423
Riverside576951173
San Bernardino53121908
Orange525381176
San Diego45425767
Kern31647357
Fresno27944362
Sacramento21800393
Alameda20839395
Santa Clara20648300
San Joaquin20060434
Stanislaus16425342
Contra Costa16156202
Tulare15782257
Ventura12507146
Imperial11658317
San Francisco1090199
San Mateo9664144
Monterey964570
Santa Barbara8952111
Merced8803140
Kings754477
Sonoma7225120
Marin6620114
Solano623260
Madera442465
Placer352343
San Luis Obispo345327
Butte277640
Yolo277355
Santa Cruz22838
Sutter168610
Napa165213
San Benito131411
Yuba11337
El Dorado10784
Mendocino88718
Shasta75114
Lassen7360
Glenn5683
Tehama5294
Nevada5256
Colusa5226
Lake51611
Humboldt4906
Calaveras31414
Amador28716
Tuolumne2264
Inyo18714
Mono1652
Siskiyou1630
Del Norte1381
Mariposa752
Plumas500
Modoc250
Trinity150
Sierra60
Alpine20
Unassigned00
Chico
Broken Clouds
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Hi: 87° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 70°
Oroville
Clear
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Hi: 87° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 67°
Paradise
Broken Clouds
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Hi: 79° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 70°
Chester
Clear
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Hi: 76° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 42°
Red Bluff
Scattered Clouds
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Hi: 85° Lo: 59°
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Willows
Broken Clouds
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Hi: 90° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 70°
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.
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