Be prepared for hotter temperatures and high to critical fire danger continuing in your Friday forecast. The Red Flag Warning for high fire danger has now been extended through 8am Saturday for the valley, foothills, Northern Mountains, and a portion of the Sierra. Gusty north to northeast winds will continue to be the main driver in fire danger today, but the low humidity and well above average temperatures are also playing a big role. Sustained winds up to around 20mph are expected today, with gusts in the valley up to around 35mph. Gusts in the foothills and canyons are still over 50mph in some reporting sites this morning, and will be a big concern through at least early today. Humidity will dip to below 20 percent across most of our region, with some areas dropping into the single digits later today. High temperatures are projected to top out in the mid 90's to low triple digits in the valley, in the 80's to around 90's degrees in the foothills, and in the 70's to 80's in most mountain areas this afternoon. Redding could break the record high temperature for this date of 98 degrees set in 1988. The hot, dry, and windy conditions will result in high to critical fire danger today.
Winds will finally diminish tomorrow afternoon as low pressure to our east moves further east, and high pressure in the Pacific builds into the West Coast. Temperatures will still be well above average through your weekend, but will not be as hot as today on Saturday. Valley areas are projected to top out in the upper 80's to low 90's both days this weekend. Mountain and foothill areas will end up in the low to mid 80's on Saturday, and upper 70's to lower 80's on Sunday. High pressure will continue to be the dominant impact on our forecast through the middle of next week, but a very modest slide in temperatures is expected through Wednesday. Valley areas will mostly dip back into the low to mid 80's by the middle of next week, while foothill and mountain areas end up in the 70's. Dry weather will persist through your extended forecast.