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Storm Tracker Forecast: Getting hotter with elevated fire danger ahead

Temperatures will be getting much hotter on Wednesday. The potential for Sierra thunderstorms will prompt a Fire Weather Watch in Lassen and Plumas Counties on Thursday afternoon .We'll stay dry and hot through your extended forecast.

Posted: Jul 14, 2020 6:27 AM
Updated: Jul 14, 2020 6:49 AM

The trend of sunny skies, hot temperatures, and dry weather will continue over Northern California today. High pressure off to our East will continue to be the dominant feature in your forecast over the next several days, and an area of high pressure off the coast in the Pacific will keep the storm track well to our North. A weak area of low pressure is expected to brush across the Pacific Northwest today, and that will keep our high temperatures somewhat in check this afternoon. Skies are clear and temperatures are starting out warm again today. Valley and foothill areas are in the 60's to 70's for the start of your Tuesday, while mountain areas are in the 40's to 50's. Winds are mostly light and out of the East this morning, but will shift to become out of the South to 10mph this afternoon. Humidity has recovered well overnight in most of our region and the majority of the valley is starting out with humidity above 60 percent. We'll have humidity dip into the 15 to 30 percent range this afternoon, which results in lower fire danger than we had on Monday. High temperatures are projected to top out in the high 90's to triple digits in the valley, while foothill and mountain areas top out in the high 80's to mid 90's this afternoon.

Wednesday will be the hottest day of the week for most cities in our region. Valley areas will start out in the 60's to 70's and will end up in the 101 to 110 degree range on Wednesday afternoon. Foothilll areas will start out in the 60's to 70's and end up in the low to mid 90's, while mountain areas start out in the 40's to 50's and end up in the mid 90's to low triple digits. We'll have a slight threat of thunderstorms moving North into the Sierra on Wednesday afternoon and evening, but the biggest threat will be to our South. We'll be a few degrees cooler on Thursday and will have a better chance for Sierra thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. Due to the potential for thunderstorms a Fire Weather Watch has been issues for portions of Plumas and Lassen Counties from Thursday afternoon through the evening. The threat of thunderstorms will taper off on Friday, but temperatures will be very similar to Thursday.

Dry weather, sunny skies, slightly hotter temperatures are on tap for your weekend forecast. Valley areas will top out in the triple digits, while foothill and mountain areas end up in the 90's. We'll be staying very hot and dry through the start of next week.

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Cases: 3563578

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CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles119089421328
Riverside2894503767
San Bernardino2862912816
Orange2610223904
San Diego2596413271
Santa Clara1104221777
Kern102627826
Fresno952021443
Sacramento931801472
Alameda804961241
Ventura77534844
San Joaquin665691101
Contra Costa62164674
Stanislaus56024946
Tulare47784758
Monterey42138328
San Mateo38922515
San Francisco34213410
Santa Barbara31763409
Solano30024164
Merced28915397
Sonoma28063298
Imperial26888591
Kings21951218
Placer19763232
San Luis Obispo19612227
Madera15436209
Santa Cruz14588183
Marin13136197
Yolo12816185
Shasta10972174
Butte10941160
El Dorado9095100
Napa901469
Sutter884597
San Benito575959
Yuba573336
Lassen560119
Tehama508152
Nevada395274
Tuolumne394659
Mendocino379643
Amador345741
Humboldt318033
Lake315341
Glenn222023
Colusa212813
Calaveras190547
Siskiyou174014
Inyo128737
Mono12114
Del Norte9875
Plumas6536
Modoc4524
Mariposa3957
Trinity3675
Sierra990
Alpine810
Unassigned00
Chico
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Oroville
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Chico
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Red Bluff
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Red Bluff
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Chico
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Windy & sunny conditions continue Sunday with more sunshine next week. Next weekend there will be a chance for some showers.
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