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Hot weather, smoky skies in forecast

Dave Brooksher
Staff Writer

Residents of Western Nevada County can expect more hot, dry weather this week. Daily high temperatures are expected to stay in the low to mid-90s, with low humidity and mostly clear skies.

Unfortunately, there may be more haze in the skies as smoke drifts up from the Sand Fire in Amador and El Dorado Counties.

“It looks like the smoke plume is going to drift off to the north northwest, over your area,” said Drew Peterson, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Sacramento. “So you might wake up to that smoke again.”

Peterson expects to see consistent weather patterns in the coming week with high barometric pressure. That’s not necessarily going to help efforts to extinguish the Sand Fire — or prevent other fires from starting in the foothills.

“It doesn’t take much to get these fires started,” Peterson said.

“We have receptive fuels right now and low humidity, so if you get a spark out there where it’s dry you’re most likely going to see a start.”

“People need to be cautious,” he added.

Stable conditions are anticipated for much of the coming week as a massive high pressure system takes it’s time moving across the Southwest.

“It’s a big behemoth over the four corners, taking up most of the southwestern states,” Peterson said. “Systems that large don’t move quickly.”

This week Peterson is expecting highs of 92 degrees on Monday and Tuesday, 94 degrees on Wednesday, 92 degrees on Thursday and 91 degrees on Friday.

To contact Staff Writer Dave Brooksher, email dbrooksher@theunion.com or call 530-477-4230.

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