Get ready for the heat to ramp up across northern California today, and even hotter temperatures on the way in your forecast. The heat will certainly be the biggest impact for our region today, and will become more of a concern as temperatures continue to rise through early next week. Thin clouds are tracking across northern California early this morning, but most of us will stay mostly sunny through the day. Temperatures are starting out in the 50's to 60's in the valley, and in the 30's to 40's in our mountain zones this morning. It doens't look like you'll be needing a jacket for your way out the door, but you will want to make sure you're dressed for the heat before you take on the day. Wear loose fitting, light color and fabric clothing if you can, and grab some extra water to have with you today. Winds will mostly be out of the north to 15mph, with gusts up to around 25mph this afternoon. High temperatures are projected to top out in the mid 90's in the valley, low to mid 80's in most foothill areas, and in the mid 70's to mid 80's in our mountain zones for your Friday afternoon. Humidity will dip to below 20 percent this afternoon. The dry conditions paired with gusty north winds, and hotter temperatures will bring our fire danger into the moderate to high range this afternoon.
Temperatures will continue to climb as we head through this weekend, but we will have some clouds tracking across northern California on Saturday. There will be a slight potential for some pop up showers in our forecast for areas from Plumas County to the south, but the highest threat for active weather is expected to stay south of Lake Tahoe. Cannot rule out an isolated thunderstorm or two popping up in our higher elevations on Saturday afternoon at this time. Temperatures will dip into the 60's in the valley, 50's to 60's in the foothills, and 40's to 50's in our mountain zones for the start of your Saturday. We'll end up in the upper 90's to low triple digits in the valley on Saturday afternoon, while foothill and mountain areas end up in the 80's to lower 90's. Mostly sunny to sunny skies, and hotter temperatures are on the way for your Sunday. Low temperatures will be similar to Saturday, but high temperatures will warm climb by a few more degrees. Valley areas will end up in the triple digits across the board, foothill areas will mostly end up in the 90's, and we'll have 80's to 90's in our mountain areas on Sunday.
An Excessive Heat Watch has been issued for the valley and foothills from midnight Sunday through 8pm Tuesday as even hotter temperatures are expected through that time. Valley areas can expect high temperatures up to 110 degrees, while foothill areas end up in the mid 90's to triple digits for the start to middle of next week. Record breaking high temperatures are currently projected in Redding and Red Bluff on Monday, and the potential for more record breaking heat will persist on Tuesday. Low temperatures in the valley will be in the 60's to 70's on Monday, and our high temperatures will range from 104 to 110 degrees. Foothill areas will start out in the 60's to 70's, and will end up in the 94 to 103 degree range. Mountain areas will have low temperatures in teh 50's, and high temperatures in the 90's. Some mountain areas may even top out in the triple digits early next week. The heat will be a huge impact on our forecast, and you're advised to plan ahead. Make sure you're drinking plenty of water, dress for the heat, and limit your outdoor activities to very early in the day if you can. Temperatures will stay very hot through the rest of next week, but will not be on the same level as Monday and Tuesday from Wednesday through Friday. Hot and dry weather persists across northern California through next weekend.