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Storm Tracker Forecast: Elevated fire danger Friday and HOT next week

Gusty winds and low humidity will result in elevated fire danger on Friday. A major warming trend will arrive this weekend and we'll be getting HOT next week. Triple digit high temperatures are projected in your extended forecast.

Posted: May 21, 2020 6:08 PM
Updated: May 21, 2020 6:24 PM

Most of us had very mild and comfortable conditions on Thursday afternoon, but low pressure to our North has brought some showers and thunderstorms to areas of Siskiyou and Modoc Counties today. Skies have been sunny to mostly sunny for most areas with the exceptoin of higher elevations closest to the Oregon border. Clouds will be increasing in our Northern zones this evening. Temperatures have mostly topped out in the low 80's in the valley, in the 60's to low 70's in the foothills, and in the 60's in the mountains .Winds have been out of the Southwest to around 10mph this afternoon, and humidity values have stayed above 25 percent. We'll see the chance for some scattered showers in the Northern Sierra this evening, and a very slight threat of showers popping up in the North valley.

Low pressure will be centered to our East on Friday and that will result in slightly cooler temperatures and gusty North winds. The gusty winds and low humidity will elevate fire danger in our region on Friday. Sustained winds will be out of the North to around 25mph, and we'll have the potential for gusts up to 35mph. Humidity is projected to drop into the 10 to 20 percent range by Friday afternoon. Fire danger will be in the moderate to high range, but would have been even higher if we didn't have the wet weather earlier this week. Temperatures will start out in the 40's to 50's in the valley on Friday morning and will end up in the mid to high 70's in the afternoon. Foothill areas will also start out in the 40's to 50's, but will only top out in the 60's to low 70's. Higher elevations will dip into the 30's to 40's overnight and will top out in the 60's to low 70's on Friday afternoon .

Low pressure moves off to the East as we head into your Memorial Day Weekend and high pressure will be building through our region through the remainder of your 7 day forecast. Valley areas are projected to climb into the mid 80's on Saturday and into the low 90's on Sunday. Foothill and mountain areas are projected to climb into the 70's on Saturday and then into the 80's on Sunday.

We'll be staying dry and getting even hotter as we head into your Memorial Day on Monday. Valley areas are currently projected to end up in the mid to high 90's on Monday and then high 90's to low triple digits from Tuesday through Thursday of next week. Overnight low temperatures are only expected to fall into the 60's for the middle of next week, so it does not appear we'll see much relief from the heat even at night. Foothill and mountain areas are expected to top out in the mid to high 80's on Memorial Day and then in the high 80's to low 90's from Tuesday through Thursday of next week. Please make sure to plan ahead to stay safe with the hotter weather on the way. Sensitive groups may be susceptable to heat related illness. Dress for the heat, stay hydrated, limit your time outdoors, and make sure to wear sunscreen if you do need to be out and about.

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CountyConfirmedDeaths
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Orange37813651
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San Diego29883565
Kern20651144
Fresno15083138
San Joaquin11885180
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Santa Barbara616760
San Mateo5683119
Marin509270
Monterey492430
Kings445356
Merced428550
Solano361137
Sonoma311339
Madera194330
Placer192516
San Luis Obispo190216
Yolo157242
Santa Cruz11524
Butte9417
Napa8888
Sutter7976
San Benito6474
El Dorado6371
Lassen6260
Yuba5024
Shasta3909
Glenn3321
Colusa3314
Mendocino3229
Nevada2991
Tehama2341
Humboldt2334
Lake2081
Mono1451
Tuolumne1412
Amador1260
Calaveras1251
Del Norte880
Siskiyou730
Inyo611
Mariposa572
Plumas330
Trinity50
Alpine20
Modoc20
Sierra20
Unassigned00
Chico
Clear
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Hi: 98° Lo: 62°
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Oroville
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Hi: 99° Lo: 62°
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Paradise
Clear
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Hi: 91° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 86°
Chester
Clear
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Hi: 83° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 75°
Red Bluff
Clear
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Hi: 99° Lo: 65°
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Willows
Clear
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Hi: 101° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 86°
It was a slightly cooler day for northern California today, but a more significant cooling is arriving tomorrow, along with a slight chance for showers and thunderstorms over the mountains of northwest California.
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