Cooler weather until midweek |

Cooler weather until midweek

A fresh blanket of clouds Sunday morning may have come as a relief to many area residents, but it was not a sign autumn is on its way.

By the middle of this week, temperatures will begin climbing back to where they are usually around this time of year, and the cool spell will have accomplished little in decreasing Nevada County’s severe wildfire danger.

“The current weather does not affect fire danger in this moment in time,” said Steve Mueller, a captain with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Mueller said clouds are usually followed by wind and less humidity, which make it more difficult to stop fires.

The recent cloud layer was caused by a storm in the Gulf of Alaska, said Harry Stockman, president and owner of Internet weather service

Stockman said today, a little warmer than Sunday, will be the next-coolest day of the week. No rain is expected and the early morning clouds will most likely not return this week.

“I would expect Tuesday or Wednesday, temperatures will begin to go up gradually,” he said.

High temperatures between that time should be between 74 and 78 degrees, according to the weather service.

“We had a marine layer push inward,” he said. “That’s our natural air conditioning during the summer time. For most people, that is a welcome change.”

Even with cooler weather, Sunday saw its usual number of small spot fires in the county, including a 40-by-40 foot vegetation fire in Condon Park around 3 p.m.

“Until we get a significant wetting-rain event of 2 inches or more, (fire danger will remain high),” Mueller said. “If that happened next week, it still would not end fire season.”

He said the rain would have to be followed by a few weeks of colder weather, such as the county usually sees in October or November.

By Wednesday or Thursday, temperatures should be in the 80s. It should get hotter after that, Stockman said.

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