High pressure continues to be the dominant weather pattern over the region leading to mild, sunny and dry conditions surrounding the fog and cool, cloudy conditions below the fog. This pattern will persist into next week with only a few dry disturbances bringing a few more clouds to areas that have seen sunny skies the last few days. The first shortwave trough will move in Friday which could be enough to mix up the lower atmosphere enough to bring more sunshine to areas that haven’t seen it in days; it will also act to bring increasing clouds to areas that have seen plenty of sun. Winds will pick up in the Cascades and we could see gusts up to 30mph, but unless those winds are able to move into the valleys we may not get so lucky with seeing that sun down below the fog.
Another disturbance will bring a repeat pattern midweek and once again could be enough to unsettle the fog and bring more sunshine to the valleys. If we’re able to mix out the fog temperatures will climb back into the 40s for west side valleys, however, if the fog lingers temperatures will struggle to climb out of the 30s. For now I have left 40s in the forecast, but this may change as we head into the weekend and see how much clearing we were able to do. Next week will bring more clouds to the coast, east side and northern California and we could see our next chance for rain arrive next weekend. This system will arrive too late to end the driest year on record for many cities, but will help our drought conditions.
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Meteorologist Megan Parry