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.