Storm Tracker Forecast: The Red Flag Warning continues today

Gusty North winds and very low humidity will drive critical fire danger across Northern California today

Posted: Oct 24, 2019 6:47 AM

The Red Flag Warning for high fire danger continues through 4 P.M. today. Gusty North winds and very dry conditions will continue to result in high to critical fire danger today. Sustained winds will be up to 25mph out of the North in the valley and we could have gusts up to 35mph this afternoon. Those wind speeds are not as strong as yesterday, but will continue to be a major concern in our region. Humidity has stayed very low overnight. Most of the valley is starting out with humidity under 20 percent this morning, and humidity values are projected to dip into the 5 to 15 percent range this afternoon. The very dry conditions will result in very easy fire starts and the gusty winds could cause any fires that do break out to spread rapidly. Fire danger is in the high to critical range today. Temperatures are starting out in the 60's to 70's in the valley this morning, and in the 30's to 40's in the mountains. Skies will be sunny to mostly sunny today and temperatures will end up about as warm as yesterday. Valley areas will top out in the mid to high 80's this afternoon, and mountain areas will climb into the high 60's to low 80's later today. Winds will finally start to become lighter as we head into this evening and that will allow the Red Flag Warning to expire.

Despite the lighter winds, fire danger will still be elevated on Friday. Winds will be up to around 10mph out of the North and humidity will dip back into the 10 to 20 percent range in the afternoon. Temperatures will be similar to this afternoon. Humidity starts to recover a little better as we head into your weekend, but we'll still have well above average temperatures on Saturday. Most of the valley will end up in the mid 80's on Saturday afternoon. We'll finally see a dip in temperatures back into the low to mid 70's on Sunday, but the potential for stronger winds could bring elevated fire danger back into our region. North winds could gust to as strong as 45mph again on Sunday afternoon. We could be in for another Fire Weather Watch or Red Flag Warning to end your weekend.

Lighter winds will return to our region for the start of next week and high temperatures will be in the 70's in the valley. We'll end up in the mid 70's with sunny skies on Monday. mid to high 70's are then projected to persist through the middle of next week.

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Scattered showers and the potential for patchy fog will continue into Friday morning. Heavy rain, high elevation snow, and gusty South winds are on the way for your Friday afternoon and weekend. A Winter Storm Warning is ahead.
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