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Excessive heat warning through Thursday

An excessive heat warning has been issued for Northern California from noon today through Thursday and Nevada County residents are urged to stay inside with air conditioning.

The National Weather Service in Sacramento issued the warning this morning after predicting temperatures up to 115 in the Sacramento Valley and highs pushing 100

in the northern Sierra foothills.

Temperatures tonight and Wednesday night are predicted in the upper 70s to low 80s. High temperatures are expected to cool a slight bit beginning Friday but remain in the 90s through the weekend.

The cause of the troubling weather is a high pressure system setting up over the entire West, said Mike Smith, a meteorologist with the weather service in Sacramento.

“So in addition to the very warm temperatures we’re getting, we’ll also be getting a little bit of offshore wind…which keeps the moist marine air from coming inland.”

That wind and low humidities will put the north state in critical fire weather conditions until Friday, the weather service said.

In Butte County, hundreds of residents were leaving the small town of Concow on Highway 70 near Paradise Monday night after authorities issued an immediate evacuation advisory after winds shifted.

That fire is part of the Butte Lightning Complex, a system of fires that have burned more than 45 square miles and had been 55 percent contained.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail dmoller@theunion.com or call 477-4327.

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