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Storm Tracker Forecast: High fire danger & hotter temperatures today

Temperatures are on the rise and fire danger is staying high through the middle of this week

Posted: Sep 24, 2019 6:33 AM

Gusty winds and very dry conditions will continue to drive critical fire danger across Northern California today. A Red Flag Warning is currently in place for the valley and foothills, and has been extended through 7pm Wednesday evening. The previous expiration time on that warning was 11am Wednesday morning. The big factors in the elevated fire danger will be gusty North winds, and very low humidity with poor recovery overnight. Sustained winds will be up to 25mph out of the North today, and gusts could reach 40mph this afternoon. Humidity will bottom out in the 10 to 20 percent range later today and stay below 50 percent overnight tonight. Skies are clear and conditions are dry for the start of your Tuesday. Temperatures are much warmer across the valley this morning and slightly warmer in the mountains. Valley areas are starting out in the 60's to 70's this morning, and mountain areas are mostly in the 40's early today. Skies will stay sunny and winds will be picking up this afternoon. High temperatures are going to be hot for the next few days. Valley areas are projected to climb into the mid to high 90's this afternoon, and mountain areas will end up anywhere from the high 70's to low 80's in the Sierra to mid 80's to low 90's in the Northern Mountains later today.

Strong winds and low humidity will keep fire danger very high on Wednesday. Temperatures will be flirting with triple digits in the valley on Wednesday afternoon and mountain areas will mostly end up in the 80's. The latest outlook keeps temperatures a bit hotter on Thursday than what previous models were suggesting. Valley areas will more than likely stay in the mid 90's on Thursday, but will dip back into the mid 80's on Friday. High temperatures will then slide down into the low to mid 70's in the valley this weekend. Skies will become cloudy as we get closer to the weekend and there will be a good chance for mountain showers on Saturday and Sunday. The latest projections are keeping the valley cloudy but mostly dry on Saturday and Sunday. Temperatures will continue to cool into the start of next week, when valley high temperatures are projected to top out in the mid to high 60's.

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CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2042584919
Riverside40452799
Orange38754704
San Bernardino34939497
San Diego31127583
Kern22009160
Fresno16625157
Alameda12884206
San Joaquin12119192
Santa Clara11336196
Sacramento10544155
Tulare10475196
Imperial9601240
Stanislaus9408151
Contra Costa8760136
Ventura803582
San Francisco732664
Santa Barbara665268
San Mateo5978120
Marin525778
Monterey515635
Merced485562
Kings445356
Solano395939
Sonoma335844
Madera226736
Placer209920
San Luis Obispo204716
Yolo166042
Santa Cruz12294
Butte10608
Napa104610
Sutter8936
El Dorado7161
San Benito6994
Lassen6380
Yuba5724
Shasta4119
Mendocino36310
Colusa3624
Glenn3603
Nevada3211
Humboldt2804
Tehama2711
Lake2202
Amador1620
Mono1531
Tuolumne1472
Calaveras1361
Del Norte960
Siskiyou920
Inyo863
Mariposa602
Plumas340
Trinity50
Modoc40
Sierra30
Alpine20
Unassigned00
Chico
Few Clouds
90° wxIcon
Hi: 100° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 90°
Oroville
Clear
93° wxIcon
Hi: 100° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 93°
Paradise
Few Clouds
90° wxIcon
Hi: 93° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 90°
Chester
Clear
87° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 87°
Red Bluff
Clear
99° wxIcon
Hi: 102° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 99°
Willows
Few Clouds
90° wxIcon
Hi: 103° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 90°
After a couple days of comfortably cooler than average weather around northern California, highs rose rapidly to more seasonable levels this afternoon. The warming trend will continue through the weekend, too.
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