**UPDATED 8:30AM **
The warmest day of the year so far is underway as high temperatures are expected to break the century mark in many locations this afternoon. Even though we’ll be in the triple digits across the West Side, it does not look like we’ll be tying or breaking records there. However, we could tie or break records in the Basin and over Siskiyou County this afternoon.
Skies will stay sunny but increasing clouds are likely over the high terrain, in the Basin and over Northern California into this evening. Isolated thunderstorms are in the forecast for Northern California & now the Klamath Basin for later today and this evening as well. A fire weather warning is in place through 5am Wednesday for Siskiyou County because any of these storms that may develop are likely going to produce strong winds. Moisture is going to be very limited so these will be dry thunderstorms, another reason that warning is in place today.
The National Weather Service has already issued a fire weather warning through Wednesday at 11pm for the Klamath Basin and a fire weather watch for the Cascades …also through Wednesday. Tomorrow, the thunderstorm coverage is looking even better for scattered storms across the East Side and frequent lightning is possible with these thunderstorms and more rain.
Drier air moves in by Thursday and we will be dry into the holiday weekend. As far as temperatures go, they’ll be peaking today. We’ll bump highs down between 5 and 10 degrees tomorrow, but then stay in the 80’s and 90’s into the 4th. Aside from the hot temperatures, it will be fantastic for the holiday and outdoors plans. The fire danger risk though will be especially of concern, use extra caution while operating machinery, handling campfires and fooling around with fireworks. Safe travels if you plan to leave town!
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Meteorologist Alyssa Caroprese