Storm Tracker Forecast: HOT today but a welcome cooling trend is ahead

Triple digit heat will persist across Northern California today but a welcome cooling trend is settling in for the end of your work week.

Posted: Aug 5, 2019 6:41 AM

We're going to be starting out hot this week, but a very welcome cooling trend is ahead for Northern California. Skies are mostly clear in our region this morning, but we are tracking some thunderstorms along the California and Oregon border. The active weather is mostly just North of the Oregon border this morning. Skies are expected to be sunny in our region this morning, but clouds will brush from South to North across Northern California this afternoon. Skies will be partly cloudy to mostly sunny today. Temperatures have dipped into the mid 60's to low 70's in the valley overnight, and into the 40's to 50's in the mountains this morning. Winds are starting out light and out of the Northeast, but will pick up to around 10mph out of the South this afternoon. Humidity is expected to dip into the 10 to 25 percent range this afternoon. The low humidity paired with above average temperatures and already dry fuels will result in high fire danger this afternoon. High temperatures are projected to top out in the 97 to 102 degree range in the valley this afternoon, and mountain areas are projected to end up in the 86 to 97 degree range later today.

Conditions on Tuesday will be very similar to what we're projecting for today. Valley highs will top out in the high 90's to low triple digits, skies will be sunny to mostly sunny and humidity will stay relatively low. We start to feel the impacts of a cooling trend across Northern California on Wednesday. Low temperatures will dip into the low to mid 60's in the valley and high temperatures will top out in the 92 to 98 degree range in the afternoon. The peak of the cooling trend is projected to arrive on Friday and valley areas will be in the high 80's to low 90's for hte end of your work week. Friday looks like a great day to get outside and enjoy the cooler weather. Temperatures will start to slowly rebound through your weekend. We'll be in the low to mid 90's in the valley on Saturday and in the mid to high 90's on Sunday. The current outlook keeps us mostly dry through the next 7 days, but there will be a slight chance for some thunderstorms returning to the Northern Mountains and Shasta County this weekend. We'll get a much better idea on if active weather should be expected over the next several days.

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Wet weather across the area will continue until late Sunday. Dry weather settles in next week with highs possibly reaching 70 by next weekend.
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