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Storm Tracker Forecast: The heat peaks today

The heat is going to peak across Northern California today and we'll be staying hot through your extended forecast. The potential for thunderstorms will bring elevated fire danger to portions of the Sierra on Thursday.

Posted: Jul 15, 2020 6:29 AM

Get ready for sunny to mostly sunny skies and even hotter temperatures on the way in your Wednesday forecast. Skies are starting out clear today and most areas will be sunny this afternoon. The exception will be the potential for a few high clouds moving North into portions of the Sierra. A dominant area of high pressure off to our East is still going to have the biggest impact on our region today, and high pressure off the coast in the Pacific is keeping the storm track well to our North. Temperatures are starting out very warm again this morning. Valley and foothill areas are in the 60's to 70's, while mountain areas are going to start out in the 40's to 50's. Winds are light and out of the Northeast this morning, but will shift to become out of variable direction to around 10mph this afternoon. Mid valley areas can expect South winds to 10mph, while northern zones can expect North winds to around 10mph. Humidity has recovered well overnight and is above 50 percent in all valley areas this morning, but will take a sharp dive in some areas this afternoon. The northern end of the valley will have humidity in the 8 to 15 percent range, while the mid valley dips into the 15 to 25 percent range. High temperatures are going to be toasty. Projections put the valley in the 102 to 110 degree range this afternoon, with the hottest temperatures to the North. Foothill and Sierra locations will have high temperatures ranging from the mid to high 90's, and the Northern Mountains are expected to top out in the 90's to triple digits this afternoon.

Low pressure passing through to our North will bring a modest drop in temperatures to our forecast for Thursday and Friday, but we'll still be very hot. We'll also have an area of low pressure passing through to our South that will bring the potential for thunderstorms to portions of the Sierra. The threat of thunderstorms, gusty winds, and dry fuels has prompted the National Weather Service out of Sacramento to issue a Fire Weather Watch for portions of Plumas and Lassen Counties from Thursday afternoon through Thursday evening. Valley areas will top out in the high 90's to around 106 degrees on Thursday afternoon, whlie foothill and Sierra locations end up in the mid to high 90's. We'll still have the potential for 90's to triple digit high temperatures in the Northern Mountains on Thursday. The threat of thunderstorms is expected to stay to our South in the Sierra from Friday through your weekend. We'll be slightly cooler than Thursday on Friday. Valley high temperatures will climb into the high 90's to low triple digits, while foothill and mountain areas end up in the 90's.

Sunny skies, and hot temperatures are on the way for your weekend. Triple digit heat is projected to return to the entire valley on Saturday and Sunday. Mountain and foothill areas will mostly end up in the mid to high 90's this weekend. Monday will be just about as hot as what we're expecting to see this weekend, but we are expecting to have a modest drop in high temperatures on Tuesday. Make sure you're staying safe in the hot conditions on the way. Drink plenty of water, dress for the heat, limit your time outdoors in the afternoon, and keep a close eye on loved ones that may be more suseptable to the hot weather.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3074812

Reported Deaths: 35060
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles103873814416
San Bernardino2569141560
Riverside2510002676
San Diego2185552174
Orange2165092508
Santa Clara949051129
Kern87240572
Fresno83200968
Sacramento811831128
Alameda68649788
Ventura62774462
San Joaquin58843788
Contra Costa53349460
Stanislaus43121766
Tulare42186515
Monterey36464255
San Mateo32887309
San Francisco29502266
Solano25983107
Santa Barbara25405243
Imperial25333474
Merced24570316
Sonoma24184242
Kings19588148
Placer17490184
San Luis Obispo16056140
Madera13528151
Santa Cruz12461113
Marin11732159
Yolo10789138
Shasta9750123
Butte9528128
El Dorado788649
Sutter782879
Napa767244
Lassen519916
San Benito500346
Yuba499627
Tehama433244
Tuolumne340340
Nevada323474
Mendocino319232
Amador302431
Lake262531
Humboldt242725
Glenn194820
Colusa17969
Calaveras162123
Siskiyou145713
Mono11244
Inyo98329
Del Norte8672
Plumas5895
Modoc3853
Mariposa3464
Trinity3044
Sierra820
Alpine730
Unassigned00
Chico
Partly Cloudy
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Hi: 61° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 36°
Oroville
Partly Cloudy
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Hi: 61° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 37°
Chico
Clear
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Hi: 57° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 36°
Red Bluff
Clear
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Hi: 45° Lo: 17°
Feels Like: 32°
Red Bluff
Clear
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Hi: 60° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 32°
Chico
Partly Cloudy
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Hi: 62° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 36°
We'll be staying dry today, but clouds will be increasing. Temperatures will be cooler today. We'll have even cooler temperatures, rain, and snow on the way in your Friday forecast. Heavier rain and snow are projected late this weekend and next week.
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