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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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Confirmed Cases: 790096

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CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2614466366
Riverside574191162
San Bernardino52649908
Orange522011128
San Diego44925760
Kern31509354
Fresno27769355
Sacramento21628383
Alameda20641374
Santa Clara20511297
San Joaquin19841415
Stanislaus16351337
Contra Costa15958201
Tulare15599256
Ventura12406143
Imperial11583314
San Francisco1080799
San Mateo9598143
Monterey955067
Santa Barbara8880110
Merced8750134
Kings743077
Sonoma7112114
Marin6591112
Solano617555
Madera439162
Placer348841
San Luis Obispo339327
Butte276435
Yolo275454
Santa Cruz22188
Sutter164210
Napa162613
San Benito131011
Yuba11187
El Dorado10734
Mendocino85118
Lassen7350
Shasta70914
Glenn5503
Nevada5116
Colusa5106
Tehama5094
Lake49210
Humboldt4856
Calaveras31114
Amador28616
Tuolumne2214
Inyo18714
Mono1652
Siskiyou1610
Del Norte1361
Mariposa752
Plumas490
Modoc240
Trinity150
Sierra60
Alpine20
Unassigned00
Chico
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Oroville
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A small trough of low pressure moved over the Pacific Northwest on this first day of autumn, and it brought more gusty wind and an improvement to the air quality for most of us. The breezes will continue through the week, and other changes are coming soon.
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