Storm Tracker Forecast: Warming up with high fire danger ahead

Temperatures will be warmer, but conditions will mostly be mild today. Even warmer temperatures, gusty north winds, and lower humidity will bring high fire danger back to northern California from Wednesday through Friday.

Posted: Oct 13, 2020 6:06 AM

Be prepared for the warming trend to continue and stronger north winds to bring elevated fire danger back into our forecast this week. High pressure building into the West Coast from the Pacific will continue to be the dominant feature in our forecast, but low pressure dropping into the Rockies over the next 24 to 48 hours will also play a significant role. The high pressure will keep us dry and warming, and the interaction between the high pressure off the coast and the low pressure to our east will result in gusty north winds from the middle to latter part of this week.

Air quality looks good, and temperatures are mild for the start of your Tuesday. Valley and foothill areas are starting out in the 50's to 60's, while mountain areas have dipped into the 30's to 40's overnight. Skies will continue to be mostly sunny today, and winds will mostly be out of the north to around 10mph. Humidity is expected to drop a little bit compared to yesterday, and will mostly end up below 30 percent this afternoon. High temperatures will top out in the upper 80's to lower 90's in the valley, while foothill and mountain areas end up in the lower 70's to lower 80's later today. The dry and warmer conditions will result in moderate to high fire danger this afternoon.

Temperatures will continue to warm and winds will be picking up out of the north to northeast on Wednesday. Sustained winds up to 25mph will be possible, and gusts to around 35mph are expected. Northeast gusts will likely be even stronger in favorable canyons in the foothills. Humidity is projected to dip into the 10 to 25 percent range in the afternoon, and will not recover well overnight. High temperatures will top out in the upper 80's to lower 90's in the valley, and in the 70's to lower 80's in the foothills and mountains. The dry, hotter, and windy conditions have prompted the National Weather Service out of Sacramento to issue a Fire Weather Watch from early Wednesday morning through 11am Friday morning. Temperatures will warm by a couple more degrees through Friday afternoon, with valley areas mostly ending up in the low to mid 90's for the end of this week.

Winds will finally diminish through the day on Friday, but we'll be staying hot into your upcoming weekend. Valley areas will end up in the upper 80's to lower 90's on Saturday, before dipping back into the low to mid 80's on Sunday. Foothill and mountain areas will top out in the upper 70's to lower 80's on Saturday, and then dip into the mid 70's on Sunday . We'll see similar temperatures and conditions to Sunday on Monday of next week. Please make sure to use extra caution with elevated fire danger returning to our forecast. Avoid doing things like mowing your lawn, check your tire pressure to make sure rims are not exposed, never park over dry brush, and secure your chain if you are towing anything behind your vehicle.

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High clouds are streaming over northern California on this final day of the workweek, and light showers are trying to fall over the mountains. It is warmer today despite the clouds, and it's going to get much warmer soon.
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