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Relief on the Way for Fire-Stricken California?

17 Oct 2017, 2:07 pm

Finally, there’s a little bit of good news for parts of California stricken by the deadliest wildfires in recorded history.

Clouds, some rain and cooler temperatures will move into parts of northern and central California later this week, offering firefighters here a bit of help as they work to contain the horrific string of fires encompassing much of the Golden State.

A fast-moving cold front will approach from the Pacific Ocean on Wednesday and Thursday, bringing initially an onshore flow on Wednesday. That onshore flow, or winds coming from the adjacent Pacific Ocean, will cool down the California coast and bring in morning clouds and fog, all of which will help firefighting efforts.

A bigger boost looks set to arrive on Thursday night, though, as a batch of showers and perhaps a rumble of thunder or two will move through central and especially northern California. The rain won’t be especially heavy or long-lived, but it should help bring a much-needed dousing on fire-scarred land. This should, in particular, help the Napa wine country fires, which stand to get at least some rain from this system.

Unfortunately, the majority of the rain will be confined to the central and northern parts of the state, leaving southern California almost entirely without luck. That said, at least cooler temperatures and increased moisture in the air will help ongoing firefighting efforts here as well, particularly on Thursday and Friday.

And beyond this week, the weekend looks to warm up, with increased winds and temperatures in the 90s and 100s potentially posing another fire danger for the same hard-hit locations, but hopefully enough relief from this first system will help firefighting efforts across California.

As always, stay with WeatherNation for the latest on this.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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