Fire weather watch issued for Sierra; mild temps for Sacramento

Published: Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 - 6:33 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 - 8:15 am

A fire weather watch was issued Monday by the National Weather Service due to the likelihood of lightning in the Sierra Nevada.

The NWS said Monday morning there is a chance of abundant lightning into Tuesday in the mountains. There is even a slight chance of some thunder activity in Sacramento Monday night.

The instability is caused by a low off the Northern California coast that is expected to remain fairly stationary before moving inland on Tuesday. Forecasters note that similar conditions have historically brought widespread lightning to the north state.

Thunderstorms are expected to form over the mountains all Monday and possibly become widespread into the valley by this evening. Look for thunderstorm activity to decrease Tuesday afternoon, forecasters say.

As far as temperatures go, Sacramento should have a moderate week. Temperatures are expected to peak in the high 80s every day through Saturday.

The detailed, 7-day forecast from the NWS for the Sacramento region:

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 93. Light and variable wind becoming south southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. South southwest wind 6 to 9 mph.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 87. Southwest wind 7 to 10 mph.

Tuesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 60. South wind 8 to 10 mph.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 87. South southwest wind 6 to 8 mph.

Wednesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 61.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 87.

Thursday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 63.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 89.

Friday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 64.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 89.

Saturday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 63.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 90.


Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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