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Storm Tracker Forecast: Hotter Weather With Higher Fire Danger

A strong ridge of high pressure will bring more sunshine, more heat and more fire danger to the North Valley of California.

Posted: Jun 16, 2020 6:14 PM

Low pressure passing through to our North has kept our temperatures well below average this afternoon, and has brought some scattered showers to higher elevations closest to the Oregon and Nevada borders. We've also had some gusty winds out of the Northwest this afternoon. Sustained winds were up to around 15mph today and gusts reached up to 25mph. Temperatures topped out in the 70's to low 80's in the valley, high 60's to 70's in the foothills, and 60's in the mountains this afternoon. The active weather we've seen in the mountains today will be tapering off tonight, and skies will be clearing as we head into your Wednesday.

High pressure building into our region from the Pacific will interact with the low pressure off to our East on Wednesday and will result in gusty winds, and very dry conditions across our region. Low humidity and strong winds are prompting a Red Flag Warning to go into effect in the valley and foothills tonight at 11pm and that is set to last through 1pm on Thursday afternoon. Winds will be out of the Northwest to around 30mph on Wednesday afternoon, and we could see gusts reach up to around 40mph. Humidity is projected to dip into the single digits to teens on Wednesday. Temperatures will start out in the 50's in the valley and end up in the low 90's on Wednesday afternoon, while foothill areas start out in the 50's and end up in the low to mid 80's. Mountain areas will start out in the 30's to 40's and are projected to end up in the 70's to 80's on Wednsday afternoon.

We'll be getting much hotter on Thursday, but winds are not expected to be as strong as Wednesday. Valley areas can expect sustained winds up to around 15mph and gusts up to around 25mph on Thursday. Valley temperatures will start out in the 60's and will end up in the mid to high 90's on Thursday afternoon. Foothill areas will start out in the low to mid 60's and will end up in the 80's to low 90's on Thursday, while mountain areas start out in the 40's and end up in the mid 80's to low 90's. High pressure will be centered over the Southwest from Friday through the middle of next week and that will result in very dry and hot weather ahead for your extended forecast. Valley areas can expect low temperatures in the 60's to 70's, and high temperatures in the triple digits during that time. Foothill areas will dip into the 60's to low 70's and top out in the low to mid 90's from Friday through at least the start of next week, and mountain areas will start out in the 50's and end up in the high 80's to mid 90's for the latter half of your 7 day forecast. Make sure to stay safe when the heat ramps up. Drink plenty of water, limit outdoor activities during the peak heat of the day, and dress for the hotter weather on the way.

Chico
Clear
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Hi: 91° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 66°
Oroville
Clear
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Hi: 87° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 59°
Chico
Clear
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Hi: 80° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 66°
Red Bluff
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Hi: 69° Lo: 24°
Feels Like: 57°
Red Bluff
Partly Cloudy
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Hi: 88° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 57°
Chico
Clear
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Hi: 93° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 66°
Sunday was a bright and toasty day for northern California, with the warmest highs we've experienced since October 2020, with valley highs in the upper 80s and 90s. Monday will be slightly cooler.
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