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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.

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CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2042584919
Riverside40452799
Orange38754704
San Bernardino34939497
San Diego31127583
Kern22009160
Fresno16625157
Alameda12884206
San Joaquin12119192
Santa Clara11336196
Sacramento10544155
Tulare10475196
Imperial9601240
Stanislaus9408151
Contra Costa8760136
Ventura803582
San Francisco732664
Santa Barbara665268
San Mateo5978120
Marin525778
Monterey515635
Merced485562
Kings445356
Solano395939
Sonoma335844
Madera226736
Placer209920
San Luis Obispo204716
Yolo166042
Santa Cruz12294
Butte10608
Napa104610
Sutter8936
El Dorado7161
San Benito6994
Lassen6380
Yuba5724
Shasta4119
Mendocino36310
Colusa3624
Glenn3603
Nevada3211
Humboldt2804
Tehama2711
Lake2202
Amador1620
Mono1531
Tuolumne1472
Calaveras1361
Del Norte960
Siskiyou920
Inyo863
Mariposa602
Plumas340
Trinity50
Modoc40
Sierra30
Alpine20
Unassigned00
Chico
Clear
86° wxIcon
Hi: 100° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 86°
Oroville
Clear
86° wxIcon
Hi: 100° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 86°
Paradise
Clear
86° wxIcon
Hi: 93° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 86°
Chester
Clear
75° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 75°
Red Bluff
Clear
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Hi: 102° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 86°
Willows
Clear
86° wxIcon
Hi: 103° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 86°
After a couple days of comfortably cooler than average weather around northern California, highs rose rapidly to more seasonable levels this afternoon. The warming trend will continue through the weekend, too.
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