July 7, 2011 through July 16, 2011
This outlook is issued every Wednesday to update the Sunday weekly forecast and provide a weather outlook for the next 10 days.
A strong high pressure area has been over the western U.S. and we have had four days in a row of temperatures over the 100-degree mark. That streak is coming to an end as the high pressure area is beginning to weaken and shift eastward. This eastward shift is being caused by a low pressure area that is moving into western Canada.
Temperatures will slowly cool through the weekend and by Saturday (July 9) and Sunday (July 10) the high temperature in Redding will be in the mid-90s, which is slightly below normal for this time of year. Skies will be sunny through the weekend with low temperatures in the 60s. Winds will be light during the night and morning hours and southerly 8 to 15 mph in the afternoons. One thing to note is that if you are traveling into the mountains to the north and east of Redding on Thursday the 7th you could encounter some isolated afternoon and evening thunderstorms.
Mild or below normal temperatures will continue next week. The low pressure area in western Canada will sag southward along the west coast and this will drop the temperatures another 2 to 3 degrees. It looks like next week (June 11 -16) we will see sunny skies with high temperatures in the Redding area in the low- to mid-90s. (Not too bad for July in Redding.)
-The Old Forecaster
Chris Fontana, aka The Old Forecaster, started his career as a meteorologist with the National Weather Service (NWS) in Sacramento. After four years as a weather officer in the U.S. Air Force, Chris transferred to the NWS office in Redding, where he was the meteorologist in charge from 1976 until the office closed in 1996. From 1996 until his 2005 retirement, he was the meteorologist in charge of the U.S. Forest Service Predictive Service Unit. Chris and his wife Jane have been married over 40 years and he works as a window covering installer in her business, Westwood Window Coverings.
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