The Red Flag Warning for high fire danger will continue today and temperatures will be very hot this afternoon across Northern California. The biggest concerns for fire danger will continue to be gusty North winds, and low humidity through this evening. Sustained winds will continue to have the potential to reach 25mph out of the North today and gusts could reach 35 to 40mph. Humidity is projected to dip into the 10 to 25 percent range this afternoon. The Red Flag Warning is currently set to expire at 7pm this evening. The heat will be the other big concern in your Wednesday forecast. You'll want to make sure you are dressed for the heat and staying hydrated today. Try to avoid being out in direct sunlight for long periods of time if you can. Skies are clear for the start of your Wednesday and we've stayed very warm overnight. Valley areas are starting out in the 70's to 80's this morning, and mountain areas have only dipped into the low 50's to low 60's overnight. Skies will stay sunny today and high temperatures are expected to be even hotter than Tuesday. Valley areas will top out in the high 90's to low triple digits this afternoon, and mountain areas will end up in the low 80's to low 90's later today.
A very welcome cooling trend will return to our region late this week and the potential for mostly mountain showers will be on tap for this weekend. High temperatures will drop from the high 90's today down into the low to mid 90's on Thursday. Mostly sunny skies and highs in the mid 80's are expected on Friday, then high temperatures will be in the mid 70's this weekend. Showers could arrive as early as Friday night in the Northern Mountains and will then spread across the Cascades and Northern Sierra on Saturday. There will be potential for more mountain showers through Monday morning. High temperatures will end up in the low to mid 70's in the valley from Sunday through Tuesday. Another hot, dry and windy pattern could bring elevated fire danger back into our region for the middle to latter part of next week.