August 9, 2016 – Dry weather with near normal temperatures to begin the week, then heating up late this week.
Clear skies across interior NorCal early this morning. Marine layer remains around 1500 feet deep at Fort Ord, and surface pressure gradients and temperatures are pretty similar to 24 hours ago.
Upper trough along the West Coast gradually weakens the next couple of days and is replaced by ridging building in from the eastern Pacific after mid-week. Highs today and Wednesday are expected to hold pretty steady, then warmer readings are on tap for late in the week when triple digits will be possible across portions of the Central Valley.
Extended discussion (Saturday through Tuesday)
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Upper level ridging will bring above average high temperatures on Saturday, with low triple digits for the northern and central Sacramento Valley and the upper 90s elsewhere in the Valley and foothills. The ridge weakens and shifts eastward by Sunday when a trough moves in from the west bringing cooler onshore flow. Slightly cooler, near normal temperatures are expected for Sunday and Monday. A Pacific ridge edges into the area by Tuesday bringing a return to above normal temperatures.