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August 28, 2018 – Relatively cool and dry weather expected through this week into early next week. Areas of smoke and haze will continue, especially near wildfires.

Discussion

Clear skies cover interior NorCal this morning except for coastal stratus that is more extensive than 24 hours ago. Profiler data indicate the marine layer has increased its depth to over 3k feet. Current temperatures range from the upper 30s to mid 40s in the colder mountain valleys to the mid 50s to mid 60s across the Central Valley. More extensive stratus will develop through the Sacramento region early this morning and will likely persist through at least mid- morning.

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Otherwise, little change is expected in the weather this week with temperatures remaining near or slightly below average and dry conditions. Smoky conditions will continue near wildfires with hazy conditions elsewhere, especially north of I80.

Extended Discussion (Saturday through Tuesday)

Dry weather will continue into the weekend through early next week. Medium-range models have been struggling with the timing of shortwave disturbances passing through the region, and their subsequent impact on temperature and winds. As such, our forecast relies on a blend of both GFS and ECMWF, with temperatures generally predicted to be around or slightly cooler than normal.