Be prepared for hotter temperatures, stronger winds, and high fire danger ahead in your Wednesday forecast. High pressure in the eastern Pacific will bring the biggest impacts to our region today, and will be interacting with an area of low pressure dropping south into the Rockies. This will result in hotter temperatures, gusty north to northeast winds, and lower humidity across our region. A Red Flag Warning for high fire danger is now in effect for the valley, foothills, and a portion of the Sierra through 11am Friday morning. Trinity County will have a Red Flag Warning for high fire danger going into effect at 11pm tonight, and that is also set to last through 11am on Friday. Sustained winds out of the north to 25mph will be possible today, with gusts up to around 40mph possible in the valley. Northeast winds to 25mph, with gusts up to 55mph will be possible in areas of the foothills and favorable canyons overnight tonight, and overnight Thursday into Friday morning. Humidity will dip into the single digits to teens in our region over the next few days. Temperatures are starting out in the 50's to low 70's in the valley this morning, in the 50's to 60's in the foothills, and in the 30's to 50's in the mountains. The dry fuels, hotter temperatures, strong north winds, and lower humidity are combining to put our fire danger back into the high to extreme range this afternoon.
Very similar condtions can be expected in your Thursday forecast, but low and high temperatures will likely both be up a few degrees compared to today. We'll finally see wind speeds decreasing through the day on Friday, but we'll also be dealing with slightly hotter temperatures in your Friday and Saturday forecast. High pressure will finally begin to break down on Sunday, and that will result in a very modest cooling trend across our region. Valley high temperatures will end up in the low to mid 90's on Saturday, and in the mid to high 80's on Sunday. Foothill and mountain areas will still end up in mid 70's to lower 80's on Saturday, but will then dip back into the mid to high 70's on Sunday. Temperatures will continue to drop by a degree or two each of the next few days over the start of next week, but we'll also be staying dry.