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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.

Chico
Partly Cloudy
86° wxIcon
Hi: 94° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 83°
Oroville
Clear
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Hi: 92° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 83°
Paradise
Clear
86° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 83°
Chester
Clear
89° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 85°
Red Bluff
Clear
89° wxIcon
Hi: 95° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 85°
Willows
Clear
86° wxIcon
Hi: 97° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 83°
Toasty temperatures are ahead for your Thursday, but some modest relief from the heat is on the way. Fire danger concerns are on the rise as the potential for thunderstorms returns in your Friday and Saturday forecast.
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