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Areas of smoke today. Showers, cooling this weekend.

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Good Wednesday.  We have a lot going on with our forecast over the next 5 days.  Lets start with today.  This morning we are still under an Air Quality Alert with the status being elevated to Code Red which means the air is unhealthy, and everyone should limit being outdoors as much as possible.  Other than areas of smoke, we will have sunny skies and light winds.  Most of the day winds will be calm, and when they blow it will be from the west at only 3-6 mph.  Wildfire smoke will lightly drift from west to east.  Tonight we will have clear skies with still some areas of smoke and the low dropping to 43 degrees Thursday morning.

Thursday will be warm and sunny with near record highs in the afternoon.  The record is 78.  We will climb to 77.  Friday Will be about the same with the high getting up to 78, two degrees shy of the record high of 80.

This warm air will be ahead of a front that will move through Saturday.  It looks as though firefighters may get a bit of help with some light rain showers Saturday morning as the front moves through.  The rain won't do much to alleviate the drought, but it will be an immediate relief for firefighters.  Right now it looks as though we will get up to 1/4".  Hopefully we will get enough to douse the fires because we will be windy Saturday afternoon and any fires remaining will be hard to contain.  Winds Saturday afternoon will blow from the north at 10-20 mph.  That will bring in MUCH colder air.  The high will only get to 52 Saturday.

Sunday will be cold with a low of 32 and a high of only 50.  The cold, dry air will linger into next week.

For the complete forecast, get the WRCB Weather app for your Android or iOS device.  David Karnes

WEDNESDAY:

  • 8am... Mostly Sunny / Smoky, 42
  • Noon... Sunny, Hazy, 64
  • 5pm... Sunny, Hazy, 73
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