High to critical fire danger is ahead for your Tuesday forecast, and the Fire Weather Watch has been upgraded to a Red Flag Warning for high fire danger in the valley, foothills, and a portion of the Sierra through 8am Wednesday. Hot temperatures, low humidity, dry fuels, and gusty winds are all concerns in our fire danger forecast. Sustained winds to 20mph are likely during this event, and gusts in the 30 to 40mph range will be possible. Stronger gusts are likely in favorable canyons. An additional Fire Weather Watch is set to go into effect on Wednesday evening and last through Friday afternoon for the valley, foothills, a portion of the Sierra, and Trinity County. Even stronger winds look likely for the middle to latter part of the week, but temperatures will become much cooler on Thursday and Friday.
Get ready for a hot and windy day across northern California. Skies are clear this morning, and winds are getting stronger out of the north and east. Temperatures are ranging from the 50's to 70's in the valley this morning, 50's to 60's in the foothills, and 20's to 40's in most mountain areas. Winds will be up to 20mph out of the north or east today depending on where you are, and gusts up to around 35mph will be possible. Humidity will dip into the 10 to 20 percent range this afternoon. High temperatures are pojected to end up in the low to mid 90's in the valley, and in the 70's to mid 80's in the footills and mountains. The gusty winds, low humidity, dry fuels, and hot temperatures will put out fire danger in the high to critical range today.
Winds are expected to become somewhat lighter for a brief period on Wednesday, and high temperatures will drop by around 5 to 10 degrees compared to Tuesday as low pressure tracks through to our north. As that low pressure moves south to our east we will see another uptick in gusty north to northeast winds that will result in high fire danger returning Wednesday evening through Friday afternoon. The good news is that temperatures will cool down to closer to average late this week, with valley areas ranging from the 70's to lower 80's on Thursday and Friday. Winds will finally diminish on Friday, and we'll see a more substantial dip in temperatures this weekend. The latest models are keeping showers mostly off to our east now on Saturday, but there is still a slight chance for some light precipitaion in the mountains on Saturday afternoon. Valley temperatures will mostly end up in the low to mid 70's this weekend, while foothill and mountain areas end up in the 50's to 60's.
Winds will pick up again out of the north and northeast late Sunday into Monday and this will result in another round of gusty north winds, and the potential for high fire danger early next week. Temperatures will stay around or below average on Monday, but some warming is expected after that. Please make sure to be extremely cautious over the next several days as fire danger will be very high, and dry fuels will make it extremely easy for new fires to start.