Oroville Mercury-Register

North valley cooling off, but upper 90s return this weekend

- By Jennie Blevins jblevins@chicoer.com

Temperatur­es were cooling in the north valley today with temperatur­es at 85 degrees in Chico and 82 degrees in Oroville.

Friday will be a little warmer, with an expected high of 92 degrees and 88 degrees in Oroville, according to Eric Kurth, meteorolog­ist for the National Weather Service. Temperatur­es will trend up into the weekend.

On Sunday, temperatur­es will be at 97 degrees in Chico and 93 degrees in Oroville.

Rain scarce

The last rainfall for the area occurred in the spring. There have been a few isolated thundersto­rms since then. Potential precipitat­ion could occur Tuesday afternoon in Lassen National

Park. Red flag conditions ceased and desisted 11 p.m. Wednesday and winds were weaker. The air quality is currently moderate, according to www.airnow.gov.

According to meteorolog­ist Craig Shoemaker at The National Weather Service, Lake Oroville has been slowly declining all week and is at 23 percent of its capacity.

Shoemaker said the smoke from the fires, including the Caldor Fire, has been affecting all of California. He said smoke could come down from Feather River Valley toward the valley in the mornings over the next seven days, but should clear out by the afternoon. Shoemaker said the weather is fairly “normal” and that there is nothing to be expected, weather-wise, that is out of the ordinary in the next week.

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