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Storm Tracker Forecast: Dry & toasty first week of August

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Mostly sunny skies, impacted air quality from active fires, and dry conditions are on the way in your Monday forecast. Northern California is now between low pressure along the coast in the Pacific and high pressure off to our east in Utah. The low pressure moving in will finally nudge the high pressure far enough east to cut off the monsoonal moisture that's been bringing thunderstorms to our region over the last several days, and will also provide an increased onshore flow. We'll be dry, with mostly sunny skies and slightly stronger south winds over the next couple of days. We're starting out with mostly sunny skies, and dry conditions for the start of your first Monday of August. Temperatures are ranging from the 60's to 70's in the valley and foothills, and in the 40's to 50's in our mountain areas this morning. Winds are mostly out of the northeast early today, but we'll have south winds picking up for your afternoon. Sustained winds to around 10mph are expected, and gusts up to around 20mph will be possible today. This will keep most of the impacts from smoke to the north of our active fires, with little impact for our lower elevations. Areas to the north of the Dixie Fire and McCarther Fire can expect the biggest impacts from smoke Monday. Humidity is expected to dip into the 12 to 23 percent range this afternoon, and the dry weather will continue to be a concern for our fire danger. High temperatures are projected to end up in the mid 90's to lower triple digits in the valley, mid 80's to mid 90's in the foothills and Sierra, and in the 90's for the Northern Mountains Monday afternoon.

Conditions will be similar to Monday on Tuesday, but we'll likely end up a couple of degrees hotter on Tuesday afternoon. Low pressure will slowly but surely track across northern California through the week, and this will result in stronger winds for the middle of this week. Temperatures will dip by a couple of degrees on Wednesday, and will then substantially drop on Thursday as onshore flow and the Delta Breeze influence increases. Valley areas will end up in the low to mid 90's on Thursday, while mountain and foothill areas mostly end up in the 80's to lower 90's. Sunny to mostly sunny skies will persist through the entire week. Temperatures will rebound into the mid 90's to lower triple digits in the valley on Friday, while foothill and mountain areas top out in the 80's to 90's.

Sunny to mostly sunny skies, and around average temperatures are projected to continue through this upcoming weekend. That leaves valley areas with high temperatures in the 90's to lower triple digits and 80's to 90's in the foothills and mountains. Fire danger will stay elevated through the entire week as we stay dry, with periods of gusty south winds. Air quality impacts will continue across our region as long as we have these active fires burning. We'll continue to track the latest impacts heading your way throughout the week.

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