Get ready for intense heat to return to Northern California over the next several days. Skies are clear this morning, and we have plenty of sunshine ahead in your forecast. Temperatures are expected to become much hotter over the next few days. Some substantial changes have occured in the models for the remainder of the week, and are resulting in temperatures well above the century mark in the valley. High pressure building back out to the West from the four corners region will be the dominant influence on our region through the end of the week. Temperatures are starting out in the 60's to 70's in the valley this morning, and mountain areas have only dipped into the mid 40's to low 50's overnight. Winds are starting out of the Northeast to around 10mph this morning, but will shift to become out of the South to 10mph this afternoon. The South winds aren't going to do much to mitigate the heat this afternoon. Humidity is expected to dip into the 15 to 30 percent range in the valley this afternoon. High temperatures are projected to top out in the high 90's to around 103 degrees in the valley this afternoon, and mountain areas will top out in the high 80's to mid 90's later today. The dry and hot weather will result in high fire danger this afternoon.
Temperatures are projected to soar past the century mark in the valley from Wednesday through Friday. Valley areas will mostly top out in the 105 to 110 degree range for the middle to latter part of your work week. Skies will stay sunny and low temperatures are expected to end up in the high 60's to low 70's in the valley. Mountain areas will mostly be in the 90's over the next few afternoons. We are expecting a very modest cooling trend to return this weekend as low pressure out in the Pacific moves into the Pacific Northwest. We'll dip back into the mid to high 90's in the valley on Saturday and then down into the low to mid 90's on Sunday. Skies will stay sunny through your weekend and any chance for showers is expected to stay to our North. Models have backed off on the chance for thunderstorms over the weekend. We'll see another warming trend on the way for next week, but the current long range outlook does not put us anywhere near the heat we'll experience through the end of this week. Please make sure to stay safe in the heat. Dress for the hotter temperatures, drink plenty of water, and keep a close eye on loved ones during the peak heat hours of the day.