Quite a week we’ve had, weather wise, this week with the hot temperatures to start. Then, we received a weak cold front that lowered temperatures a bit, and brought in afternoon thunderstorms and dry lightning. Some of that dry lightning caused wildfires in Northern California and east of the Cascades. We closed out the week with warm temperatures and a few clouds. Well, if you were a fan of that, you’ll get another round next week.
The only difference is that we will be even hotter. We are already seeing temperatures in the triple digits Saturday, and we are only going to continue to get hotter each day from here. a high pressure ridge is back-building into our region bringing in hot air from the south. We will be tying records by tomorrow, and expecting to surpass records by Monday. These temperatures will remain near records through Tuesday.
On Tuesday the upper level ridge will flatten and allow for a weak cold front to move in and cool our temperatures a little bit. We will still be hot, but not as hot. This will also move in some instability to the region allowing for clouds and thunderstorms to develop. Dry lightning will once again be a factor and with the dry air at the surface, more wildfires could be sparked. This combined with the gusty afternoon winds will cause rapid fire growth.
By the end of the week, we’ll start drying out again and we will see temperatures continue to warm all the way through the extended period. If spending any extended time outside this holiday weekend, drink plenty of water and seek shade whenever possible. Heat stroke is common in the dry and hot conditions we will be experiencing.
Thanks for logging on and enjoy your holiday weekend!
Meteorologist Seth Phillips