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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.

California Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 3563578

Reported Deaths: 51953
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles119089421328
Riverside2894503767
San Bernardino2862912816
Orange2610223904
San Diego2596413271
Santa Clara1104221777
Kern102627826
Fresno952021443
Sacramento931801472
Alameda804961241
Ventura77534844
San Joaquin665691101
Contra Costa62164674
Stanislaus56024946
Tulare47784758
Monterey42138328
San Mateo38922515
San Francisco34213410
Santa Barbara31763409
Solano30024164
Merced28915397
Sonoma28063298
Imperial26888591
Kings21951218
Placer19763232
San Luis Obispo19612227
Madera15436209
Santa Cruz14588183
Marin13136197
Yolo12816185
Shasta10972174
Butte10941160
El Dorado9095100
Napa901469
Sutter884597
San Benito575959
Yuba573336
Lassen560119
Tehama508152
Nevada395274
Tuolumne394659
Mendocino379643
Amador345741
Humboldt318033
Lake315341
Glenn222023
Colusa212813
Calaveras190547
Siskiyou174014
Inyo128737
Mono12114
Del Norte9875
Plumas6536
Modoc4524
Mariposa3957
Trinity3675
Sierra990
Alpine810
Unassigned00
Chico
Partly Cloudy
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Oroville
Clear
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Hi: 67° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 36°
Chico
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Red Bluff
Clear
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Hi: 45° Lo: 16°
Feels Like: 37°
Red Bluff
Clear
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Hi: 69° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 37°
Chico
Clear
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Hi: 71° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 32°
Windy & sunny conditions continue Sunday with more sunshine next week. Next weekend there will be a chance for some showers.
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