Storm Tracker Forecast: Strong heat, dry thunderstorms & fire danger

An Excessive Heat Warning continues through Wednesday, with highs between 10 and 20 degrees warmer than average possible. A Red Flag Warning and thunderstorm chances are also in the forecast for Monday morning.

Posted: Aug 16, 2020 5:43 PM
Updated: Aug 17, 2020 6:37 AM

Today I've been tracking several lightning fires and dry thunderstorkms. The heat is also strong again for some but not all thanks to the extra cloud cover.

A RED FLAG WARNING is in place today and tomorrow due to thunderstorms that could form. Dry thunderstorms will be likely but isolated, however, could still lead to lightning-caused fires. We saw them today, mostly in the morning and will see the same thing tomorrow. Even the Valley could see some of these thunderstorms. This warning is for all mountain & valley locations.

An EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING will remain in effect through at least Wednesday and could extend beyond that as it gets closer. Each day will see widespread triple-digits in the Valley and mid-to-upper 90s possible in the mountains. Some in the Valley could top off at 112 or 113 degrees on some days. Poor overnight temperature recovery could also lead to heat stress.

A strong ridge of high pressure is contributing the the strong heat wave and a tropical moisture originating from Tropical Storm Fausto in the Pacific is being transported into California and is what's giving us these extremely unusual thunderstorms.

Triple-digits don't look to be ending by next weekend. Those hopes have vanished.

Chico
Partly Cloudy
54° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 54°
Oroville
Clear
58° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 58°
Chico
Clear
54° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 54°
Red Bluff
Clear
62° wxIcon
Hi: 61° Lo: 25°
Feels Like: 62°
Red Bluff
Clear
62° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 62°
Chico
Clear
54° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 54°
Dry weather, sunny skies, warmer temperatures, and gusty north winds will drive elevated fire danger today. We'll have even stronger winds, but cooler temperatures on Tuesday. Fire danger will remain elevated. There will also be a chance for light showers in the Sierra on Tuesday and Wednesday.
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