High pressure centered to our south continues to be the dominating factor in our forecast today, but a wet system passing through the Pacific Northwest will have some influence on our conditions. Skies are starting out mostly clear this morning, but thin clouds are expected to brush across northern California through the day. Temperatures are starting out a few degrees cooler than Wednesday morning. Valley areas have dipped into the 40's, foothill areas have dipped into the 30's to 40's, and mountain areas have dipped into the 20's to 30's in most locations overnight. Winds will be out of the north to 10mph in the valley, and we'll have northwest winds to around 10mph in our foothill and mountain areas. High temperatures will be similar to what we had on Thursday afternoon. Valley areas are projected to range from around 73 to 79 degrees, foothill areas will range from the lower 60's to around 70 degrees, and mountain areas will mostly top out in the 60's on Thursday afternoon.
Skies will be sunny, and temperatures will be slightly warmer across all areas on Friday. The low pressure to our north that's keeping out high temperatures in check on Thursday will be shifting to the east, and high pressure will become stronger across the southwest. This looks to be the trend through our extended forecast. The high pressure across the southwest will keep us dry, and keep our temperatures above average.
Sunny skies, and warmer temperatures are on the way for your weekend forecast. Overnight low temperatures will range from the mid 40's to lower 50's in the valley both days. High temperatures will top out in the upper 70's to lower 80's on Saturday, and then low to mid 80's are expected on Sunday. Foothill areas will start out in the 40's to 50's, and end up in the 60's to 70's both days this weekend. Sunday does look to be around 5 degrees warmer than Saturday. Mountain areas will start out in the 30's this weekend, and will end up with high temperatures in the mid 60's to mid 70's. Some areas of our Northern Mountains may even approach the 80's this weekend. It looks like a great couple of days for outdoor activities, but you'll want to make sure to stay hydrated, dress for the warmer conditions and have your sunscreen handy. Models are currently showing us staying dry and warm through the middle of next week. Conditions won't change much from Sunday through Wednesday. Previous models were hinting at a chance for showers returning late next week, but that's looking a little less likely at this time. The next chance for wet weather looks to be next weekend, and even that doesn't look all that promising. We'll continue to track the latest models as the long range forecast is always subject to change.