Storm Tracker Forecast: Hotter temperatures & high fire danger ahead

We'll be staying mild today, but major concerns are ahead for your weekend. Gusty winds, low humidity, and hotter temperatures will bring high fire danger into our region this weekend. Even hotter temperatures are ahead for next week.

Posted: Sep 25, 2020 6:14 AM

Mostly mild conditions are ahead for your Friday, but big changes are moving into northern California this weekend. Hotter temperatures, gusty north winds, and very dry conditions will result in a Fire Weather Watch for high fire danger in the valley and foothills from Saturday morning through Monday morning. Winds gusting out of the north into the 40 to 50mph range will be possible, although projections are currently putting winds in the 30 to 40mph range for most areas this weekend. Stronger winds will be possible in canyon areas, and this could result in rapid fire growth for the North Complex.

Temperatures are mostly mild early on today. Valley and foothill areas are starting out in the 50's to 60's, while mountain areas are in the 30's to 40's this morning. Some clouds are moving into our region and will keep our northern zones partly cloudy today. Mid valley and the surrounding areas will stay mostly sunny. Air quality is looking better than 24 hours ago, but lighter winds may allow for bigger impacts through the day. Most winds are out of the east in the 5 to 10mph range this morning, but south winds to 10mph are expected for your afternoon. Humidity will dip into the 20 to 35 percent range later today. Valley areas are projected to top out in the mid to high 80's, while foothill and mountain areas end up in the low 70's to around 80 degrees. Fire danger will mostly stay moderate in your Friday forecast.

The above mentioned gusty winds will be a major driving factor in your weekend fire danger as high pressure tracking towards our region from the Pacific. Humidity will dip to below 20 percent for most areas, and values in the single digits will be possible for both Saturday and Sunday. Gust up to 50mph are possible out of the north. The latest projections keep valley areas in the mid 80's to low 90's on Saturday, and then warm us up into the mid to high 90's on Sunday. Foothill and mountain areas will top out in the 70's to lower 80's on Saturday, and are then expected to climb back into the 80's on Sunday. The hotter, dry, and windy conditions are prompting the Natioanal Weather Service out of Sacramento to issue a Fire Weather Watch from 11AM Saturday through 8AM Monday. This will likely be upgraded to a Red Flag Warning later today (Friday).

Winds will not be as strong as we head into the next work week, but high pressure centered over the West Coast will keep us hot and dry. Temperatures in the valley will range from the mid 90's to low triple digits, while mountain and foothill areas top out in the 80's to 90's. Fire danger will stay elevated under the hot and dry conditions, but will not be as high as the weekend without the gusty winds. Dry conditions prevail through next week.

Chico
Partly Cloudy
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Hi: 71° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 54°
Oroville
Clear
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Hi: 69° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 59°
Paradise
Clear
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Hi: 74° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 54°
Chester
Clear
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Hi: 58° Lo: 25°
Feels Like: 51°
Red Bluff
Clear
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Hi: 74° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 64°
Willows
Clear
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Hi: 75° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 54°
Gusty northeast winds and the potential for morning fog are ahead for the start of your Wednesday. We'll end up sunny and very warm Wednesday afternoon. Dry and warm weather will persist into this weekend, but we finally have a cooling trend and the potential for wet weather returning in your extended forecast.
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