We had sunny skies, very warm temperatures, and gusty North winds across Northern California on Thursday. High pressure off the coast of California was the dominant feature in our forecast today and will continue to be through your extended forecast. Temperatures topped out in the high 70's to mid 80's in the valley, in the low to mid 70's in the foothills, and in the 60's to 70's in mountain areas this afternoon. Sustained winds out of the North were mostly up to around 10 to 15mph, but Chico has sustained winds of over 20mph this afternoon. Gusts today reached 20 to 30mph out of the North. Winds will still be up to around 15mph out of the Northwest tonight.
We'll be even warmer on Friday, but winds are not expected to be as strong as what we saw on Thursday. Temperatures will dip into the mid to high 50's across the valley and foothills overnght, and into the 30's to 40's in the mountains for the start of your Friday. High temperatures will top out in the mid to high 80's in the valley, and in the mid 70's to low 80's in the foothills and mountains. Skies will be mostly sunny. Sustained winds will be out of the Northwest to around 15mph in the valley and we'll have the potential for gusts of up to 25mph in the mid valley again on Friday.
High pressure will flatten over our region this weekend as an area of low pressure passes through to our North, but we'll be staying dry and warm. High temperatures will still be in the mid to high 80's for the valley this weekend and we'll have mid to high 70's in the foothills and mountains. We are expecting an increase in clouds on Saturday, which will leave us partly cloudy for your afternoon in the valley and partly to mostly cloudy for the afternoon in the mountains. Winds will mostly be out of the West to 15mph this weekend.
Sunday into Monday the low pressure passing through to our North will head East. We'll have high pressure building into California from the start to middle of next week. Temperatures will be similar to the weekend on Monday, but we'll see a big uptick in high temperatures on Tuesday and Wedneseday. We'll have the potential for record setting high temperatures from Tuesday through Thursday of next week. The hottest day of your extended forecast is currently projected to be on Tuesday, with high temperatures dropping by one or two degrees the two following days. If our current forecast holds then Redding will set a new high temperature record on Tuesday and Red Bluff will tie the previous record for that date set in 2013. Both of those cities are currently projected to hit 94 degrees on Tuesday, 92 degrees on Wednesday, and 90 degrees on Thursday. The latest outlook has temperatures continuing to drop as we head through the end of next week, but we will be staying well above average and dry through the end of next week. Longer range models are hinting at a chance for showers returning next Saturday.