Smoke continues to blanket the area resulting in unhealthy air quality for most in the valley. Only a few mountain areas in the Sierra and Cascades have lucked out of the bad air quality for today. Temperatures were also pretty hot again today in the north valley.
The smoky air is here to stay tomorrow as light winds will lead to lingering smoke. This will likely be the case to begin next week as well, unfortunately. We need strong winds if we want to get rid of the smoke and that just isn't going to happen any time soon in the valley.
It could happen in the Sierra-Cascades on Sunday. A FIRE WEATHER WATCH has been issued for the chance of wind gusts up to 20 mph in Modoc county. So far this is the only watch in our area to be issued. It is possible but not certain if this will be issued in parts of Lassen and Plumas counties as these counties could see similar wind speeds.
We'll maintain above average temperatures through Monday or Tuesday, though they won't be as hot as the last few days. Mostly just upper-to-mid 90s. This is due to a weaker ridge of high pressure remaining over us.
This ridge of high pressure eventually falls apart on Wednesday and Thursday allowing for a rush of cooler air to enter the region. This will leave high in the low-90s to mid-80s on Wednesday and Thursday and perhaps not even reach the 80s on Friday.
The big question remains on Saturday and Sunday of next week. Will we see rain? A trough of low pressure will move in on those 2 days. This could likely drop temperatures even further. But more importantly, the extra moisture could bring showers to the region. The timing and chance of rain is uncertain and not all models agree that the will be rain even happen. So keep your fingers crossed but also don't get your hopes up. Next week I should have a better idea on if this rain will really pan out or not.