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Storm Tracker Forecast: Warm & windy for your Wednesday

Dry and windy conditions will result in elevated fire danger on Wednesday. We'll be heating up late this week and then a cooling trend and the potential for showers will be on the way for next week.

Posted: May 5, 2020 6:28 PM

We started out mostly sunny but thin clouds increased across Northern California during our Tuesday afternoon. Temperatures were still above average, and winds were out of the South to around 15mph. High temperatures mostly topped out in the mid 80's in the valley, in the low to mid 70's in the foohtills, and in the 70's in the mountains. Clouds will thin out tonight and we'll have sunny to mostly sunny skies on the way for your Wednesday.

Temperatures are not expected to change much on Wednesday, but gusty North winds will develop across our region. We'll be starting out in the high 40's to mid 50's in the valley and foothills, while mountain areas dip into the 30's to 40's overnight. High temperatures will end up in the mid 80's in the valley on Wednesday, while moutain and foothill areas mostly top out in the 70's. Low humidity and gusty North winds will bring increased fire danger into our Wednesday forecast. Humidity is expected to dip down to around 10 percent in the afternoon. Sustained winds out of the North could reach 20mph, and gusts up to around 35mph will be possible. Please make sure to be very careful with the elevated fire danger tomorrow.

Temperatures will climb into the low to mid 90's on Thursday in the valley, and winds will still be gusty early in the day. Gusts are expected to reach 25mph out of the North on Thursday morning, but should calm to around 10mph by the afternoon. Mountain and foothill areas can expect temperatures to warm into the 70's to mid 80's on Thursday afternoon. The warming trend will continue into Friday, when some high temperature records could be in jeopardy. The current projection puts valley areas in the mid to high 90's on Friday afternoon, but we cannot rule out some areas ending up in the triple digits for the first time this year. Foothill and mountain areas will top out in the mid to high 80's on Friday.

We'll be around a degree or two cooler on Saturday, but some areas may still see the potential for new high temperature records set that afternoon. Clouds will start to move into Northern California through the day on Saturday and we'll be partly cloudy by Saturday evening. Partly cloudy skies, dry weather, and slightly cooler temperatures are projected for your Mothers Day Forecast on Sunday. Valley areas are still expected to end up in the high 80's to low 90's, while mountain and foothill areas end up in the 70's to low 80's. Winds will mostly be out of the South to 15mph this weekend. Temperatures will continue to cool through the start of next week, and the potential for showers will be returning to Northern California. The best chance for showers will be in the mountains on Monday, with a slight chance for some valley showers on Monday night into Tuesday. Temperatures will be back in the low 80's in the valley on Monday and into the mid 70's on Tuesday.

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CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2633336423
Riverside576951173
San Bernardino53121908
Orange525381176
San Diego45425767
Kern31647357
Fresno27944362
Sacramento21800393
Alameda20839395
Santa Clara20648300
San Joaquin20060434
Stanislaus16425342
Contra Costa16156202
Tulare15782257
Ventura12507146
Imperial11658317
San Francisco1090199
San Mateo9664144
Monterey964570
Santa Barbara8952111
Merced8803140
Kings754477
Sonoma7225120
Marin6620114
Solano623260
Madera442465
Placer352343
San Luis Obispo345327
Butte277640
Yolo277355
Santa Cruz22838
Sutter168610
Napa165213
San Benito131411
Yuba11337
El Dorado10784
Mendocino88718
Shasta75114
Lassen7360
Glenn5683
Tehama5294
Nevada5256
Colusa5226
Lake51611
Humboldt4906
Calaveras31414
Amador28716
Tuolumne2264
Inyo18714
Mono1652
Siskiyou1630
Del Norte1381
Mariposa752
Plumas500
Modoc250
Trinity150
Sierra60
Alpine20
Unassigned00
Chico
Scattered Clouds
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Hi: 87° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 86°
Oroville
Clear
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Hi: 87° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 88°
Paradise
Scattered Clouds
86° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 86°
Chester
Clear
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Hi: 76° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 73°
Red Bluff
Clear
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Hi: 85° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 86°
Willows
Scattered Clouds
86° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 86°
Below average temperatures, breezy south winds, and impacted air quality are ahead for today. We'll stay mild on Friday, but much hotter temperatures and high fire danger will return for your weekend.
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