INTERAGENCY FIRE WEATHER CENTER PREDICTIVE SERVICES UNIT

FRIday, JULY 25, 2014

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GEOGRAPHICAL AREA COORDINATION CENTER

RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA

***Continued very warm with highly isolated afternoon thunderstorms ***

A strong ridge over the southern plains is expected to continue its expansion westward over the next few days. This will result in very warm temperatures across the entire region. Although temperatures will be slightly cooler over Southern California today, temperatures will remain above normal throughout the period. Over the next few days, expect highs of 100-105 across the inland valleys and lower foothills to the 90s in the mountains below 5,000 feet. The low desert will see readings up to 115. A slight amount of monsoonal moisture will drift into the southern part of the state this afternoon which will result in an increase in mid and high level cloudiness. A few thunderstorms will be possible today and Saturday across the Cleveland and eastern San Bernardino National Forests eastward into the deserts south of I-15. The chance of thunderstorms will spread into the Sierras south of Yosemite N.P. Sunday through the first half of next week. As the lower atmosphere will remain very dry, the storms may produce a few dry strikes along with some gusty winds during the next few days. But the storms will be far fewer in number compared to last weekend. Expect little day-to-day change in the weather through the middle of next week. A slight cooling trend may occur the following weekend. Winds will be light the next few days, except during the passage of thunderstorms. END/RK