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Storm Tracker Forecast: Red Flag Warning extended into Saturday morning

The Red Flag Warning for high fire danger has now been extended through 8am on Saturday due to the gusty winds, dry conditions, and hot temperatures. Winds will finally diminish this weekend, and fire danger will become lower. A modest cooling trend arrives in your extended forecast.

Posted: Oct 16, 2020 12:46 PM

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.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 879645

Reported Deaths: 16982
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2893666877
Riverside640751272
San Bernardino597791021
Orange570711410
San Diego52735853
Kern33448410
Fresno30051429
Sacramento24425468
Santa Clara23355378
Alameda22738433
San Joaquin21187484
Contra Costa18157234
Stanislaus17341392
Tulare17120275
Ventura13901160
Imperial12475335
San Francisco11901133
Monterey1109183
San Mateo10810157
Santa Barbara9608119
Merced9314152
Sonoma8934129
Kings815983
Solano711774
Marin7019124
Madera488673
San Luis Obispo400932
Placer397852
Yolo307356
Butte301950
Santa Cruz270623
Napa188214
Sutter179612
Shasta172329
San Benito140314
El Dorado12834
Yuba125310
Mendocino110321
Tehama7748
Lassen7571
Lake67015
Glenn6393
Nevada5828
Humboldt5549
Colusa5456
Calaveras33317
Amador31316
Tuolumne2494
Inyo21515
Siskiyou1840
Mono1752
Del Norte1731
Mariposa782
Plumas540
Modoc270
Trinity230
Sierra60
Alpine30
Unassigned00
Chico
Few Clouds
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Hi: 93° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 84°
Oroville
Clear
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Hi: 89° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 79°
Paradise
Few Clouds
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Hi: 86° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 84°
Chester
Clear
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Hi: 75° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 59°
Red Bluff
Clear
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Hi: 95° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 86°
Willows
Few Clouds
84° wxIcon
Hi: 96° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 84°
Tuesday was another sunny and unseasonably warm to hot day for much of northern California. It was much like Monday, except the wind was stronger, and the wind will be much stronger through much of the next week.
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