Local Alert Weather Forecast, Fri., July 3rd, 2015
A RED FLAG WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR 3:00 PM ON FRIDAY UNTIL 8:00 PM ON SATURDAY DUE TO INCREASED WINDS, HOT TEMPERATURES, AND DRY CONDITIONS. THIS WARNING DOES NOT EFFECT LA PINE AND SUNRIVER.
The heat wave continues across the high desert. Temperatures will hit the triple digits across several places while the rest stay around the upper 90s. Winds will stay a little breezy tonight and into tomorrow, which in combination with the low humidity poses a serious risk to fires. Any developing fires could quickly spread as a result of the mild wind conditions and low relative humidity.
We are still under the influence of a high pressure system which is keeping our skies nice and clear. Tomorrow will see perfect weather for viewing firework displays. Temperatures should drop to the lower 80s and upper 70s by the time the firework shows kick off. Make sure and apply lots of sunscreen throughout the day because the sun will be out in force tomorrow. Also make sure to drink plenty of water.
We will see some clouds appear over the weekend. Southern Deschutes County, such as La Pine, could see a few pop-up thunderstorms on Sunday and early Monday morning. Northern Deschutes county will mostly likely stay dry through the weekend. Our next chance of storms throughout all of Deschutes County will be late Wednesday and into Thursday.
Temperatures will start to cool down after tomorrow. All forecasting models are showing a decreasing trend in temperatures. We could be in the lower 80s by next Friday. It looks like we may see a relief in these hot temperatures. If the temperatures do drop to the lower 80s, then we will be right around average for this time of year. It’s still pretty far out to know for sure, but it’s still a promising observation.
Be sure to practice firework safety this weekend. The dry conditions would make for disastrous consequences for human caused fires. We can’t stop mother nature from lightning caused fires, but we can prevent human caused fires. Let’s be safe this weekend.
Our seven day forecast shows plenty of sunshine along the way. Temperatures will slowly but surely drop across the high desert. We will also see a chance for some showers and storms by the end of next week.
Note: The Bend Airports automated weather observation system is down for repairs, so that information on our weather page is not completely current (except for current temperature). They expect to have it back in service in the next couple of weeks.