Extreme Heat, Fire Grips Calif. Ahead of Holiday Weekend

Extreme Heat, Fire Grips Calif. Ahead of Holiday Weekend

"Expect another hot one today", the NWS said, adding the weather could cool off even more Thursday - but still remain very hot - before getting hotter again Friday and through the weekend.

A strong upper-level ridge of high pressure, or northward bulge in the jet stream, has been in place across the West over the last few days, allowing temperatures to soar to levels much-above average across the region.

Blistering heat and near-record temperatures will continue across San Diego County this weekend, according to the National Weather Service's latest forecasts.

A statewide flex alert was issued by the California Independent System Operator asking consumers to conserve electricity on Friday from 1 p.m. until 10 p.m.

For a city typically covered in fog, San Francisco on Saturday continued to break temperature records during the second day of a heat wave bearing down on the Bay Area. The range for Napa will be between 98 and 102 degrees, he said.

Tropical Storm Lidia, which has moved over the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, is expected to send moisture to the north starting Saturday night and lasting through Monday.




Clouds, along with showers and thunderstorms are possible in portions of the Southwest and coastal California Sunday into early Monday.

Downtown San Francisco reached 95 degrees at noon, which broke the daily record high of 90 degrees.

Because of the blazes, air quality has been rated unhealthy across the region. Western Washington state expected a sunny, hot and dry Labor Day weekend.

The cold front's movement will be evident throughout the rest of the week.

The Weather Company's primary journalistic mission is to report on breaking weather news, the environment and the importance of science to our lives.

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