As expected the heat turned on today as a very strong area of high pressure settles in over the West Coast. Temperatures soared to near and even above record levels in many areas. For the overnight and in to Sunday, expect more of the same with some further warming possible. The only wrinkle in the forecast is the ever sneaky marine layer. Because of the extreme heat and much cooler ocean, a very shallow and weak fog bank could push onshore briefly very early Sunday. Either way with fog or no fog, Sunday will be very warm to very hot for most areas. An excessive Heat Warning will be in effect, especially inland as temperatures will likely go above 110-degrees. We will also have Red Flag Fire Conditions, so please be careful. Looking ahead, not much if any relief is expected as we head in Labor Day, but then things get very interesting. A strong pocket of very cold air and low air pressure will crash in to the Rockies and bring a dramatic temperature drop for most of the Inner Mountain region. They could even see some record snowfall just a couple days after being in the 90's! For us, this looks like a taste of Fall. We will see the extreme heat fade by Tuesday, but remain very warm inland. The tricky part and reference to Fall Like, is the possibility for an offshore wind event! As the Rockies get their snow and chilly temperatures, we will likely see our first Santa Ana Wind. That means more heat and very dry conditions for Southern California by Wednesday and Thursday. This will keep the whole region mostly sunny and warm. Hopefully by next weekend, things quiet down and the sea breeze returns with mild weather at last!
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