Warm and dry conditions continue into next week. Gusty north winds Thursday and Friday will bring critical fire weather concerns for the most of the Sacramento Valley, northern San Joaquin Valley, and parts of the adjacent foothills.
Low pressure area will move into the Great Basin late tonight and early Friday. This will set up critical fire weather conditions the next couple of days. Winds will become breezy today in the valley. The stronger winds will set up tonight into Friday morning. Have expanded the wind advisory to include the northeast foothills and portions of the western slopes where wind prone locations should become windy late tonight and Friday morning.
The low will bring in some relatively cooler air from the highs on Wednesday for the next several days but still remain above normal for this time of year.
Strongest winds in the mountains will ease up enough by late Friday morning to drop the advisory with the valley winds decreasing during the afternoon but remaining breezy.
A much weaker northerly flow will continue through the weekend that will help to keep fire weather concerns elevated through the weekend but not at the critical levels expected the next couple of days.
Temperatures will begin to warm back into the 90s in the valley for the weekend after cooling into the 80s for Friday. Another system will drop into the Great Basin on Sunday increasing winds late Sunday into Monday and likely fire concerns as well. This system currently does not look like it will bring the strong winds this current system will have with it. Temperatures are also expected to continue to warm on Monday well into the 90s.
Extended Discussion (Monday through Thursday)
A ridge will build over the region Tuesday and Wednesday bringing hot temperatures to the region. Some valley locations could be around 100 degrees both days. Clusters are also supporting a ridge over the region both days. Winds should be light around the region with the ridge over us but at some point the Delta breeze will likely kick in with models currently favoring Wednesday. A trough will deepening along the coast by Thursday to help shift the high to the east and bring cooler air to the interior.