The Red Flag Warning for high fire danger is still in effect now, but is set to expire at 8pm tonight. Winds have stayed strong today, but have not been as strong as Wednesday. Sustained winds were in the 15 to 20mph range and gusts reached up to around 25mph. Humidity did dip into the single digits to teens in most areas this afternoon. The gusty winds and very low humidity were the main driving factors in the elevated fire danger. Temperatures also warmed up across our region this afternoon. Valley areas mostly topped out in the mid to high 90's, foothills areas ended up in the mid to high 80's, and mountain areas ended up in the 70's to 80's.
High pressure building into the West Coast from the Pacific will continue to be the main driving factor through your extended forecast, but winds will be shifting as the ridge moves overhead. You can expect very dry and hot conditions on the way over the next 7 days. Valley temperatures will start out in the 60's on Friday and will end up in the high 90's to low triple digits. Foothill areas will start out in the mid to high 60's on Friday morning and will top out in the 80's to mid 90's, while mountain areas start out in the 40's and end up in the 80's to 90's. Winds will be out of the North to 10mph in the morning, but will shift to become out of the Southeast to around 10mph in the afternoon.
Very hot and dry weather is on the way for your weekend and we'll only be getting hotter through the remainder of your 7 day forecast. Valley temperatures will dip into the 60's to low 70's, and end up in the triple digits this weekend. High temperatures will continue to climb into the 103 to 108 degree range as we head through next week. Fooghill areas will have high temperatures in the 90's through the weekend and then mid to high 90's by the middle of next week. Mountain areas will end up in the mid 90's in the Sierra next week, while the Northern Mountains end up in the 90's to low triple digits. Make sure you're planning ahead and staying safe in the heat. Dress for the hotter temperatures, drink plenty of water and plan your outdoor activities for earlier in the day.