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Unhealthy air quality & high fire danger ahead for Northern California

Low humidity and stronger winds will prompt a Red Flag Warning in Northern California to end your work week

Posted: Aug 9, 2018 6:36 AM

Unhealthy air quality and hot temperatures will continue to be the big issues in your forecast today, but fire danger is on the rise for the end of your work week. A Red Flag Warning will go into effect at 2pm this afternoon, and is expected to stay in place through 11pm Saturday for the entire valley, the foothills and portions of the Sierra. Gusty South winds and low humidity will be the main driving factor behind higher fire danger. A more short lived Fire Weather Watch will be in place for Friday afternoon and evening in the higher elevations of the Sierra and Cascades.

Air quality will continue to range from moderate to unhealthy across Northern California today. Health official continue to advise people to limit their time outdoors, and do their best not to exert themselves in the poor air quality today. Temperatures have dipped into the mid 60's in the valley this morning, and mountain areas have dipped into the high 40's to mid 50's overnight. Winds are mostly light and out of the North this morning, but will be picking up out of the South this afternoon. Stronger South winds are expected to develop tonight. Sustained winds will be up to 15mph, with gusts up to 30mph tonight. Humidity will likely dip into the 10 to 25 percent range over the next few days, and will struggle to recover overnight. High temperatures will continue to top out in the high 90's to low triple digits in the valley this afternoon, and mountain areas are projected to end up in the mid 90's later today.

Temperatures will start to slide downward over the next few days, but will still be in the mid to high 90's in the valley this weekend. The low humidity and gusty South winds will be the main driving factor in elevated fire danger through Saturday night. Winds will start to slack on Sunday and humidity will not stay as low heading into the start of next week. Valley temperatures will stay in the mid to high 90's for the start to middle of next week. Mountain areas will mostly range from the mid 80's to mid 90's heading into next week.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3573549

Reported Deaths: 52491
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles119295421467
Riverside2897733792
San Bernardino2867552940
Orange2614083921
San Diego2606253303
Santa Clara1107551781
Kern103422877
Fresno955481443
Sacramento935281484
Alameda807771242
Ventura77749852
San Joaquin668291126
Contra Costa62720681
Stanislaus56235949
Tulare48013761
Monterey42261328
San Mateo39059515
San Francisco34291422
Santa Barbara32050413
Solano30115164
Merced29147401
Sonoma28193298
Imperial26909635
Kings22082220
Placer19861232
San Luis Obispo19696235
Madera15496214
Santa Cruz14671183
Marin13231197
Yolo12851185
Shasta11017174
Butte10970163
El Dorado9160100
Napa905369
Sutter888097
Yuba577337
San Benito577261
Lassen562419
Tehama508652
Nevada397274
Tuolumne396059
Mendocino381643
Amador346641
Humboldt321033
Lake316441
Glenn223023
Colusa213613
Calaveras191049
Siskiyou176014
Inyo131337
Mono12144
Del Norte10035
Plumas6536
Modoc4564
Mariposa3957
Trinity3705
Sierra1000
Alpine820
Unassigned00
Chico
Partly Cloudy
72° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 72°
Oroville
Partly Cloudy
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Hi: 71° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 72°
Chico
Partly Cloudy
72° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 72°
Red Bluff
Partly Cloudy
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Hi: 53° Lo: 16°
Feels Like: 73°
Red Bluff
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 70° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 73°
Chico
Partly Cloudy
72° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 72°
Sunshine and 70s for the next few days with a few clouds today the farther south you are located. We cool down this weekend with rain chances. Showers continue into next week.
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