After a week with unusually cool temperatures and equally unusual summer rainfall, the weekend looks to be more on track for this time of year. In fact, temperatures will warm a bit above average, and will stay that way for a few days. Sunshine starts us out on Saturday, but by the beginning of the work week, a few stray storms are back in the forecast.
A weak ridge of high pressure briefly builds in before a few weak disturbances move through the area from the west. Isolated storms cannot be ruled out for Monday, but the chance for storms is much lower than the widespread outbreaks we have seen in weeks past. Throughout the end of the week, temperatures begin to cool and a few clouds roll back into the area.
Smoke has been a continuous problem in northern California. There has been no major shift in the wind, and a change isn’t in the forecast over the next 24 hours. The fires burning in Siskiyou County are still creating air quality issues in locations like Etna, Fort Jones, and Yreka, with Etna reading in the unhealthy category on Friday. The disturbances moving through may shift the smoke from central Siskiyou County, but that won’t happen until the end of the weekend.
Chief Meteorologist Kate McKenna