Weather Today In Bakersfield California - Bakersfield, California. — A passing trough helped increase winds late last night into early this morning, pushing smoke from our wildfires out of the valley into eastern Kern County. But as we move into a calmer day, that smoke will fill back into the valley.
So try to stay indoors and protect your lungs from the smoke from these wildfires. An air quality advisory has been issued by the San Joaquin Valley Pollution Control District and will be in effect through the weekend and until 11 a.m. Monday due to the conditions.
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Because of that night's wind, temperatures will drop several degrees from yesterday's high of 99, but today's forecast of 93 in Bakersfield is well above our upper 80s seasonal average for late September. As for the rest of Kern County, expect smoky highs of 93 in Lake Isabella, 97 in Ridgecrest, 85 in Tehachapi and 84 in Frazier Park.
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High pressure over the Pacific Ocean will move toward California tomorrow and bring temperatures back into the mid-90s through Saturday. That keeps the storms we saw in the future lingering over Arizona, meaning we've lost hope for rain chances in most of Kern County. I leave a 10% chance of passing our southern mountains late Saturday into Sunday.
Fortunately, a trough from the Pacific Northwest will dig in early next week and bring in westerly winds Sunday night into Monday, which will not only help clean up our air, but also bring cooling! The long-range forecast calls for low 90s Sunday, a seasonal upper 80s dip into Monday, and then the possibility of a below-average 80s Tuesday. There will be a slight chance of rain from this system late Tuesday into Wednesday, but I think this far south we'll just see passing clouds, good air quality, and a chance for highs in the early 70s here in the valley floor! We haven't seen highs in the 70s since early June.
In fact, this system has so much cold air associated with it that the Sierras to the north could see the rain turn to the first snow of the season at the highest elevations. The National Weather Service advises campers and hikers to prepare for possible winter-like conditions through the middle of next week. Bakersfield, California. - It's getting hot here. Well, at least out west, as widespread and record-breaking heat is expected over the weekend.
A strong dome of high pressure parks over the region as high temperatures are expected to rise 10 to 25 degrees above average and reach into the 70s and 80s. Deserts will likely reach the mid-90s.
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A number of daily records were broken on Wednesday. Bakersfield, California saw a high of 91 degrees Wednesday afternoon, breaking the old record of 86 degrees set in 1914. Temperatures will also hover around 90 degrees through Saturday. Average high temperatures this time of year are only around 70 degrees.
California's Paso Robles, Fresno, Merced, Hanford, Madera and Oceanside also set daily records for the hottest temperature measured on March 23.
Dozens more record highs are possible across southwestern California and parts of the San Joaquin Valley Thursday before the heat extends into the Great Basin.
High temperatures will be in the upper-mid 80s in the San Joaquin Valley Thursday and Friday afternoon and into the weekend. Those values would put the valley 15 to 20 degrees above average for this time of year. As a result, most of the San Joaquin Valley will see record heat every afternoon through at least Friday and possibly Saturday.
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But the real surprise is what happens in Las Vegas, where the temperature will hover around 91 degrees, while Phoenix is expected to reach 94 degrees.
Additional record high temperatures are likely to be set in the West by the end of the week as high pressure remains over the region. Warmth is the last thing a below-average snowpack needs as the rainy season quickly draws to a close.
The National Weather Service said a storm system will approach central California late this week into early next week, bringing the risk of rain and mountain snow. Snow levels will be around 7,000 feet Sunday night into Monday. Storm update 10:15 a.m.: Both directions of I-5 are currently closed near State Route 166 due to downed power lines with live wires in the way. There is no estimated reopening time. Southbound traffic is detoured from State Route 166 to southbound State Route 99. Northbound traffic is detoured to northbound Hwy 99.
Rain will begin with increasing winds during the morning commute, with the heaviest during your mid-morning lunch hour, then transition to scattered showers and possible thunderstorms this afternoon through this evening.
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With this heavy downpour below 8,000 feet, most of Kern County will receive a half inch to an inch of rain, with our higher elevations seeing an inch to two inches! The Sierra to the north will see blizzards above 8,000 feet with two to four feet of snow accumulation. Our drought-prone country has had a lot of rain, so there is a risk of mudslides on all mountain slopes, with rock slides possible in the Hwy 178 valley and areas of recent wildfires, especially the French Fire, possible around the Alta Sierra.
Keep in mind that after a long, hot and dry summer, a lot of engine oil collects along with wet leaves on our roads, causing poor road conditions. Fallen leaves will also block drains, leading to more rutting on the roads. So drivers must keep their lights on and keep their speeds low to avoid hydroplaning and spinning out. If you are in an area with heavy rain that makes it difficult to see the road, pull off the road as far as you can, leave your lights on and wait.
We're cooler today with these showers, with lows in the mid-50s in the Valley this afternoon, low 50s in the Kern River Valley, and lows in the mid-40s in Tehachapi and Frazier Park. We will get colder tonight, but not cold enough for snow accumulation as the lingering rain slowly tapers off.
After that, we clear out to be cooler tomorrow with more sunshine and highs in the 60s for your Tuesday afternoon in Bakersfield, before a drier, warmer pattern sets in Wednesday for the rest of the week.
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This weekend looks good for Halloween with a mild 70s and passing clouds. The current forecast for our trick-or-treaters is dry, although long-range forecasts indicate a possible storm in Northern California on Sunday that we'll be watching closely.
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