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Storm Tracker Forecast: Hot, smoky & high fire danger

Strong heat continues today but cools off tomorrow. We'll also have high fire danger Tuesday and Wednesday.

Posted: Sep 7, 2020 5:25 AM

Today is going to be another hot day with more record highs possible above 110 degrees. Sunny hazy skies with continue with poor air quality due to smoke cover.

A low pressure system from Canada looks to slide south into Nevada then push east Monday through Wednesday. This is what us meteorologists refer to as an inside slider system. High pressure will be pushed to our west due to this inside slider. This will cause a very sharp surface pressure gradient along the Sierra Nevada. This means pressure will drop rapidly the farther east you are. This sharp change in pressure will bring very strong north to east downslope winds into our region. Wind gusts could get up to 30 mph in the valley and top off at 50 mph in the foothill & mountain regions, especially in canyons and along ridgelines such as in Jarbo Gap. The windiest time will be Tuesday afternoon. Downslope winds are also very dry, with daytime humidity across the region expected to fall between 5 and 15%. The windy, dry weather has cause a FIRE RED FLAG WARNING to be issued for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Temperatures will remain hot later in the week but a ridge of high pressure will continue to weaken which should allow many to return to the upper-90s by mid-to-late-week and maybe the mid-90s by next weekend.

Chico
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 64°
Oroville
Clear
63° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 63°
Paradise
Clear
64° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 64°
Chester
Clear
65° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 65°
Red Bluff
Clear
65° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 65°
Willows
Partly Cloudy
64° wxIcon
Hi: 93° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 64°
Gusty winds and very dry conditions will drive high fire danger across northern California on Thursday. We'll also end up much cooler on Thursday afternoon. Lighter winds, hotter temperatures, and more widespread impacts to air quality are ahead for Friday and Saturday.
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