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Weather Forecast: Critical fire conditions with low humidity and gusty winds

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An area of low pressure is sliding into the Northstate and increasing the concerns for wildfires once again. A Red Flag Warning goes into effect at 11am for most of the region, the exception is Trinity County where the warning officially starts at 2pm. As the system dives south the winds will pick up becoming breezy early in the day and gusty by the afternoon. A Wind Advisory is also in effect for the valley where the strongest speeds are expected topping out with gusts near 45 mph.

Once the system shifts to the east the winds will start to diminish Monday afternoon becoming calmer for the majority of the week. Temperatures will remain fairly cool for the time of year but perfect for the fall. Look for afternoon highs Sunday in the upper 70s to low 80s for the valley dropping off into the 60s across the mountains. Monday will be a little warmer before another trough moves through by Thursday. Not only will this bring cooler weather but the winds will pick up slightly not as strong when compared to Sunday.

A second stronger wave follows behind it for Friday and could even bring a few mountain showers. We'll continue to track these features and update the forecast as we go through the week. Right now long range models show another ridge of high pressure building by next weekend and would heat things up slightly along with bringing drier weather to the Northstate.

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