A large part of the work week was cloudy and dreary, but that has been changing over the last 24 hours. The upper level low that brought showers, storms, and cooler temperatures has exited the region to the northeast, and in its place, sunshine has been slowly on the increase.
The brief cool down will gradually come to an end by the weekend, as highs warm back up to their seasonal averages, and in some cases, above average. Most locations in southern Oregon and northern California would be seeing mostly sunny skies through the weekend, but wildfires are still creating problems in Siskiyou County. The winds circulating around the low pressure center to our northeast have pushed the smoke back into northern California with northwesterly winds. As fires continue to burn, air quality remains diminished, although the rainfall did help to somewhat settle the smoke.
Over the next week, there is little to no chance for rain throughout the entire forecast area. Models have been hinting at afternoon storms at the beginning of next week, but without any consistency between model runs, confidence in the possibility of precipitation is low. For that reason, rain chances remain out of the forecast throughout the next week.
Chief Meteorologist Kate McKenna