Be prepared for another day of very hot temperatures, dry conditions, and poor air quality across northern California today. Air quality is starting out in the unhealthy to very unhealthy range in most areas today, but we do have some pockets of moderate to unhealthy for sensitive groups range. Skies are clear of clouds, but smoke continues to cover our region. Temperatures are starting out in the 70's for most of the valley, but a couple of cities have dipped into the 60's overnight. Foothill areas are mostly starting out in the 60's to 70's, and mountain areas are ranging from the 30's to 50's. Winds are up to around 10mph out of the northeast this morning, and will mostly stay out of the north today in the valley. East winds are expected in the Sierra and foothills this morning, with potential for gusts up to 40mph. Those area can expect winds out of the northwest to around 10 to 15mph this afternoon. Northwest winds to around 10mph are expected in the Northern Mountains. Humidity is expected to stay very low, and will dip into the 5 to 15 percent range this afternoon. High temperatures are projected to top out in the upper 90's to triple digits in the valley today, whlie mountain and foothill areas end up in the mid 80's to mid 90's this afternoon. Redding and Red Bluff will both have high temperature records in jeopardy this afternoon. Both cities are projected to hit 103 degrees today. Redding's previous record for this date was 104 degrees in 2001, and Red Bluff's previous record for this date was 105 in 2001.The very hot temperatures and very dry conditions are keeping fire danger high today.
High pressure over the West Coast will continue to result in hot temperatures and dry conditions through the start of this weekend, but a very welcome cooling trend will take hold by Sunday. Valley areas will top out in the mid to high 90's on Saturday, and will then dip back into the upper 80's to low 90's on Sunday. Mountain and foothill areas will dip back into the low to mid 80's by Sunday. We'll continue to stay dry through your 7-day forecast and those cooler temperatures will still be above average for this time of year. Not much change is expected in your temperature trend from Sunday through the middle of next week, and we'll continue to stay dry. Longer range models are now hinting at a wet pattern finally returning to our region as we head into next weekend. This is still a long way away, but it's also the most promising potential for showers we've seen in quite some time.