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Storm Tracker Forecast: Red Flag Warning for high fire danger continues

The Red Flag Warning for high fire danger will continue today. We'll also be staying dry and getting hotter through Wednesday. Some relief from the heat is ahead towards the end of this week. Dry and windy conditions bring elevated fire danger back to our region on Sunday.

Posted: May 4, 2021 6:33 AM
Updated: May 4, 2021 9:57 AM

Fire danger remains high in your Tuesday forecast, but the good news is the wind will not be as strong as it was on Monday. High pressure building into northern California from the Pacific will bring the biggest influence to our forecast today, but we still have low pressure off to our east. This will continue to trend of dry weather and gusty winds, but we'll also have hotter temperatures on the way for your Tuesday afternoon. The Red Flag Warning for high fire danger is set to remain in effect through 5pm today in the valley and foothills. Gusty north winds and very dry conditions are the main driving factors in our elevated fire danger. Sustained winds out of the north to 20mph look likely, and gusts to 30mph will be possible through early this afternoon. Fuels are already very dry for this time of the year due to the dry wet season, and humidity will dip to below 20 percent this afternoon. It's another day where you'll need to use extra caution to avoid sparking a fire. Avoid activities like mowing your lawn, make sure not to drive your car or park over dry brush, and secure the chain to the back of your car if you have to tow something. Temperatures are starting out in the 50's to 60's in the valley and foothills, and in the 30's to 40's in our mountain zones this moring. The strongest wind is expected through early this afternoon, but we'll still be fairly breezy as we head into this evening. High temperatures are projected to end up in the upper 80's to mid 90's in the valley, in the mid 70's to mid 80's in the foothills, and in the lower 70's to around 80 degrees in our mountain zones later today.

High pressure becomes more dominant across northern California on Wednesday, and that will bring the hottest temperatures of your extended forecast. We'll start out slightly cooler on Wednesday morning with the lighter winds, but high temperatures will end up 2 to 3 degrees warmer that Tuesday's. This warming trend will come to an end as areas of low pressure approach the West Coast from the Pacific. Breezy south winds will develop, and we'll have a very decent dip in high temperatures on Thursday. The Delta Breeze will kick in and have some influence on our cooling. High temperatures are projected to top out in the mid 80's in the valley on Thursday, and then top out in the lower 80's in the valley on Friday. Our foothill areas will dip back into the 60's to mid 70's on Thursday, and then top out in the 60's on Friday. Mountain areas will also range from the 60's to lower 70's on Thursday, and then mostly top out in the 60's on Friday.

High pressure will begin to build back in this region as the low pressure tracks to our east. This will result in a warming trend, and a return of gusty north winds. The current projections keep winds from getting as strong as they did on Sunday and Monday, but our fire danger will be elevated by the dry and windy conditions. You may want to plan ahead on avoiding activities like mowing your lawn as winds pick up this weekend. We'll also have high temperature back into hte mid 80's to lower 90's in the valley this weekend, with 90's expected early next week. Foothill and mountain areas will mostly end up in the 60's to 70's this weekend, but will return to the 70's to lower 80's early next week. Unfortunately, no rain is in sight in your extended forecast.

Chico
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Oroville
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Paradise
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Chester
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Red Bluff
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Willows
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Lightning-caused fires will be a concern over the next few days as thunderstorms enter the forecast. We stay warm to begin next week but cool into the 70s by Wednesday.
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