Another taste of summer coming soon.
Temperatures will stay mild this weekend, with highs generally at or just below average. Skies will stay partly cloudy and it’ll just be a very pleasant Saturday. There is just enough instability with an upper level system passing through that some mountain communities will have the shot at a shower thunderstorm or two, but otherwise today will be very nice. This continues into tomorrow with one big change for the valley – the winds will start to increase like crazy. Winds today will be from the north at about 5-10mph, but overnight those will increase to 5-15 and tomorrow they’ll increase even more to 10-20 mph with gusts over that. That happens as high pressure starts to build in from the northwest and that high will really dictate our weather for the coming week.
Temperatures will start to rise almost immediately as a very powerful ridge builds into place. Think of this ridge as similar to the ridge we saw at the end of April, but stronger and hotter this time. During the previous ridge Red Bluff peaked at 93°, this time I wouldn’t be surprised if it got very close to or even eclipsed the 100° mark in Redding, Red Bluff and Chico. Highs will approach record levels, and had the best chance of setting any new records on Tuesday in Redding as the ridge is nearly directly overhead and record highs are only in the mid 90s that day. Red Bluff will take more work to break a record since its temperature records go back to the 40s. They will have to crack the low 100s to set any new records.
Finally, this heat coupled with some pretty dry northerly wind to start off will drastically increase the fire danger this week. The vegetation is still pretty wet, but it can only take so much before it’ll be ready to go. Be very careful with any type of yard work as this could spark any number of fires and create a dangerous situation for just about everybody. Welcome to summer in May!
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