A big contrast in temperatures is expected this weekend in central and northern California.
Interior areas will be very warm to downright hot. Much of the Central Valley from Redding and Red Bluff to Bakersfield will see triple digits over the weekend. These will be some of the highest temperatures so far this year. The hotter of the two days will be Sunday. With high heat will also come the high risk of fire and red flag warnings have been posted. Foothills communities will be well into the 90s and with 70s to near 80 around Tahoe and Truckee.
If one is looking to cool down, take the drive to the coast, along with many thousands flocking to seek relief from the heat. The marine layer will keep these areas considerably cooler with mostly 60s to low 70s. Morning clouds start the day and then clear to sunshine but some of the beaches may only partially clear.
Here are some sample high temperatures for this weekend. Keep cool in the hot spots and enjoy the cool ocean breeze along the coast.
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Santa Ana winds will whip across Southern California again Saturday night into Sunday morning leading to an increased fire threat.
Several major fires have ignited across Southern California as Santa Ana winds continue to whip across the area.
One of the strongest Santa Ana wind episodes of the season is expected this week across Southern California.
The northwestern U.S. will continue to get pounded with rain, wind and snow this week as several storm systems move through. The second half of the week will turn more active for California as the storms dip farther south.
Another storm system will arrive in the Northwest Saturday night bringing more snow as chilly air remains in place.
Two storm systems will deliver mountain snow and rain to the Northwest and California over the next few days.
Gusty winds will continue into Monday across California but winds will gradually weaken. A late week storm will bring cooler air and rain to the state.
Cool air will descend across the Northwest with mountain snow expected at times through Friday. Episodes of gusty winds will continue to threaten California.