Storm Tracker Forecast: Staying warm with elevated fire danger today

We'll be staying warm and dry today. Stronger winds will develop this afternoon and that will result in elevated fire danger this afternoon and evening. A Red Flag Warning is going into effect at 2pm for areas of Modoc, Lassen, and Plumas Counties.

Posted: Jul 6, 2020 6:27 AM

We'll be staying sunny, warm and dry across Northern California today. Increasing winds out of the West and low humidity have prompted a Red Flag Warning for high fire danger to be issued for areas of Modoc, Lassen, and Plumas Counties from 2PM this afternoon through 9PM tonight. The Warning will expire at 8PM in Modoc County. Sustained winds in that area will be up to 25mph and gusts could reach 40mph, while humidity dips into the single digits to teens in the afternoon. Valley areas will have winds out of the West to around 10mph this afternoon, with moderately stronger gusts. Humidity will end up in the high single digits to teens in lower elevations later today. Fire danger will be high in along the Sierra crest and will be moderate in most of the valley this afternoon.

Temperatures are starting out in the 60's to low 70's in the valley, in the mid to high 60's in the foothills, and in the 40's for most mountain areas this morning under clear skies. We'll be sunny through the day and high temperatures will be close to what we had on Sunday afternoon. Valley areas can expect high temperatures in the mid to high 90's, while foothill areas end up in the mid to high 80's, and mountain areas end up in the mid 80's. The Northern Mountains will top out in the 80's to around 90 degrees this afternoon. Winds are starting out of the Northeast to around 10mph, but will shift to become out of the West this afternoon. Winds will start to pick up tonight, and we could be in for gusts up to 25mph out of the West in the valley. That will result in an uptick in fire danger as we head into this evening.

Not much is expected to change in your weather pattern over the next few days. Low pressure passing through to our North will kick up some Southwest winds and that will help to increase the onshore flow tonight, and that could result in slightly cooler low temperatures on Tuesday. High pressure to our West and to our Southeast will still be the main features impacting our forecast. High temperatures will be slightly cooler on Tuesday afternoon. Temperatures will rebound quickly on Wednesday as the low moves off to our East and high pressure continues it's dominance over our region. Sunny to mostly sunny skies and around average temperatures are expected from mid to late week. That means valley areas will end up in the mid to high 90's, while foothill and mountain areas end up in the 80's to low 90's.

Hotter conditions are expected to return for your weekend. Valley areas will start out in the mid 60's and end up in the 100 to 104 degree range on both Saturday and Sunday. Foothill areas will dip into the mid 60's to low 70's overnight and will end up in the low to mid 90's this weekend. Mountain areas will dip into the 40's to 50's overnight, and top out in the low to mid 90's on Saturday and Sunday.

California Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 1160940

Reported Deaths: 18968
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles3783237543
San Bernardino884531129
Riverside836851434
San Diego75305988
Orange731521559
Kern39721447
Fresno37021477
Sacramento35143557
Santa Clara32049470
Alameda28225502
San Joaquin25318504
Contra Costa23146258
Stanislaus21145422
Tulare20352305
Ventura18637175
Imperial15725356
San Francisco14874160
Monterey14354116
San Mateo13707170
Sonoma11712157
Merced11460179
Santa Barbara11166135
Kings1035987
Solano1003681
Marin7621129
Placer622468
Madera604785
San Luis Obispo588535
Shasta460147
Yolo447674
Santa Cruz413228
Butte381259
Sutter305715
Napa290417
El Dorado20914
Yuba194810
San Benito178416
Lassen17153
Tehama156525
Mendocino146822
Nevada11639
Glenn8837
Lake87719
Tuolumne8738
Humboldt8199
Colusa6826
Siskiyou5822
Mono5093
Amador47016
Calaveras46622
Del Norte2981
Inyo28316
Plumas1920
Trinity1360
Mariposa1242
Modoc1190
Alpine470
Sierra190
Unassigned00
Chico
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Oroville
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Paradise
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Feels Like: 34°
Chester
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Red Bluff
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Willows
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A cold front has moved over northern California on this day before Thanksgiving, and it brought light rain and snow showers to the higher terrain, gusty wind and cooler air for all. Thanksgiving will still be breezy, but also mild and pleasant.
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