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Record afternoon highs, with more smoke

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Good Thursday.  A front will bring in big changes this weekend.  Ahead of that front, however, we will be ridiculously warm and dry with persistent areas of smoke.

Today we will climb to 79 with sunny skies.  That would be a record high, beating the old record of 78.  Wildfires will continue pumping smoke into the air contributing to a Code Red Air Quality Alert meaning everyone should limit outdoor activities.

Friday will be similar with sunshine, areas of smoke, and a near record high of 78.

Saturday we will start with a morning low of 45.  We will also see a front moving through Saturday morning which will bring in light rain showers.  Rainfall amounts will range from .10" to .25".  That won't do much to relieve the drought, but will be a HUGE relief for firefighters.  The negative with this front will be the wind that will move in Saturday afternoon.  Winds will blow from the northwest at 10-220 mph.  that will dry things out rapidly, and if we don't get enough rain to douse the fires the wind may cause them to spread once again.  The NW winds will also bring in colder air.  The high Saturday will only reach 55.

Sunday the winds will die down, but it will stay very chilly.  Temps will range from 32 in the morning to 53 in the afternoon.

Next week will warm a bit into the low 60s.  We may get a few more light showers Wednesday.

For the latest, download the WRCB weather app.     David Karnes


  • 8am... Sunny / Smoky, 42
  • Noon... Sunny, Smoky, 67
  • 5pm... Sunny / Smoky, 79
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