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Storm Tracker Forecast: Warm temperatures and elevated fire danger today

Temperatures are staying around average today, but triple digit heat returns this weekend.

Posted: Jul 31, 2019 6:41 AM

Cooler temperatures and mostly clear skies are ahead for the start of your Wednesday. Air quality has improved across Northern California overnight, but we could see more air quality impacts ahead for today. Temperatures are several degrees cooler than Tuesday morning. Valley areas are starting out in the mid 60's, and mountain areas are in the 40's to 50's this morning. Winds are mostly calm and out of the Northeast for your morning, but will pick up to around 15mph out of the South this afternoon. Humidity has recovered well overnight, but is expected to take a steep drop this afternoon. Valley areas can expect humidity to drop into the 10 to 25 percent range this afternoon. The dry conditions will result in easier fire starts in our area, and you're advised to use caution today. High temperatures are projected to top out in the mid to high 90's in the valley and in the mid 80's to low 90's in the mountains this afternoon.

Thursday is expected to have very similar weather conditions to today. Temperatures will climb back into the mid 90's to low triple digits in the valley on Friday and then the entire valley is projected to end up in the triple digits this weekend. Skies will be sunny and fire danger will stay elevated across Northern California. The good news is that winds will stay out of the South to around 10mph. The Delata Breeze will at least help conditions to feel somewhat comfortable through your weekend. The heat will persist through the start of next week. High temperatures will be a couple of degrees above average on Monday, but will not be as hot as Saturday or Sunday. Looks like we can expect a return to mid to high 90's in the valley by the middle of next week. Showers are expected to stay to our East through your extended forecast, but there is a slight chance the patter could change as we head into next week.

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CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2893666877
Riverside640751272
San Bernardino597791021
Orange570711410
San Diego52735853
Kern33448410
Fresno30051429
Sacramento24425468
Santa Clara23355378
Alameda22738433
San Joaquin21187484
Contra Costa18157234
Stanislaus17341392
Tulare17120275
Ventura13901160
Imperial12475335
San Francisco11901133
Monterey1109183
San Mateo10810157
Santa Barbara9608119
Merced9314152
Sonoma8934129
Kings815983
Solano711774
Marin7019124
Madera488673
San Luis Obispo400932
Placer397852
Yolo307356
Butte301950
Santa Cruz270623
Napa188214
Sutter179612
Shasta172329
San Benito140314
El Dorado12834
Yuba125310
Mendocino110321
Tehama7748
Lassen7571
Lake67015
Glenn6393
Nevada5828
Humboldt5549
Colusa5456
Calaveras33317
Amador31316
Tuolumne2494
Inyo21515
Siskiyou1840
Mono1752
Del Norte1731
Mariposa782
Plumas540
Modoc270
Trinity230
Sierra60
Alpine30
Unassigned00
Chico
Clear
91° wxIcon
Hi: 93° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 91°
Oroville
Clear
89° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 89°
Paradise
Clear
91° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 91°
Chester
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 72°
Red Bluff
Clear
95° wxIcon
Hi: 95° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 95°
Willows
Clear
91° wxIcon
Hi: 96° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 91°
Gusty winds, hot temperatures, and dry conditions are prompting a Red Flag Warning for high fire danger today. Gusty winds will keep fire danger high through the end of the week, but a welcome cooling trend is on the way in your extended forecast.
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