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Storm Tracker Forecast: Sunny skies and hotter temperatures are ahead

Skies will be sunny and temperatures will be slightly hotter over Northern California today. Low humidity, dry fuels, and breezy winds will result in increasing fire danger this afternoon.

Posted: Jul 8, 2020 6:29 AM

Get ready for sunny skies and hotter temperatures on the way in your Wednesday forecast. High pressure off to our East continues to be the dominant feature in our forecast today. Temperatures are starting out warmer than 24 hours ago in most areas. Valley areas are in the 60's to 70's for the start of your Wednesday, while foothill areas are in the mid to high 60's, and mountain areas are in the 40's. Winds are out of the Northeast to 10mph early today and that has helped to keep temperatures a bit warmer overnight. We'll have winds shift to become out of the Northwest to around 10 to 15mph this afternoon. Humidity has not recovered all that well overnight, and is below 40 percent in Redding. Humidity will dip into the high single digits to teens in the northern zones of the valley this afternoon and into the 15 to 25 percent range in the mid valley. Low humidity, dry fuels, and breezy Northwest winds will put fire danger in the moderate range this afternoon but it could end up creeping close to the high range in the north valley this afternoon. High temperatures are projected to top out in the mid 90's to around 100 degrees in the valley this afternoon, while foothill and mountain areas end up in the mid 80's to low 90's later today.

We are expecting a bit more influence from the Delta Breeze overnight tonight, and that should result in slightly cooler low temperatures and somewhat higher humidity values for the start of your Thursday. High temperatures will be very similar to Wednesday's, but we could see a drop of a degree or so in some areas. Low pressure passing through to our North will leave us with some thin clouds brushing across higher elevation closest to the Oregon border and a slight threat of some thunderstorm activity in portions of Siskiyou, Modoc, and Lassen Counties. The low passes off to our East on Friday. We'll be around a degree hotter than Thursday on Friday and there will be a chance for some thin clouds brushing through our region.

The heat is expected to peak this weekend. Valley temperatures will start out in the 60's to 70's, and are projected to end up in the 99 to 104 degree range on both Saturday and Sunday. Foothill areas are projected to start out in the mid to high 60's and end up in the low to mid 90's this weekend, while mountain areas start out in the 40's to 50's, and end up in the high 80's to mid 90's on both Saturday and Sunday. Similar conditions are expected to continue through at least Tuesday of next week as high pressure stays in place off to our East.

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CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2968216974
Riverside657571279
San Bernardino617261070
Orange580101440
San Diego53928867
Kern33669416
Fresno30471436
Sacramento25094482
Santa Clara23881388
Alameda23133456
San Joaquin21528488
Contra Costa18413240
Stanislaus17509396
Tulare17425284
Ventura14124162
Imperial12700336
San Francisco12032140
Monterey1128487
San Mateo11002159
Santa Barbara9715120
Merced9439154
Sonoma9163134
Kings820183
Solano728674
Marin7045128
Madera498174
San Luis Obispo412132
Placer408857
Yolo314458
Butte304652
Santa Cruz275325
Napa192815
Shasta183930
Sutter183712
San Benito143215
El Dorado13084
Yuba129310
Mendocino112121
Tehama8528
Lassen7641
Lake67915
Glenn6523
Nevada6038
Humboldt5619
Colusa5496
Calaveras33917
Amador31716
Tuolumne2624
Inyo22715
Siskiyou1880
Del Norte1781
Mono1762
Mariposa782
Plumas630
Modoc290
Trinity260
Sierra60
Alpine30
Unassigned00
Chico
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Oroville
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Chester
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Fire danger will be extreme Sunday-Monday as the biggest dry wind event of the season takes shape. A widespread freeze in the Sierra-Cascades as low as single-digit values possible Sunday night. Mild & sunny weather after Tuesday.
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