HAZY AND SEASONABLY WARM WEATHER THIS WEEKEND
Friday was noticeably cooler as a weak trough of low pressure slid down from the north. Additionally, a canopy of haze overspread much of Kern County with continued smoke emanating from the Cedar Fire northwest of Lake Isabella and the new Range Fire on the western slopes of Bear Valley Springs. I've issued an Air Quality Alert through Monday mid-day specifically for the Kern River Valley and the Kern County mountains above 4,000 feet elevation. Unhealthy air quality is expected from time to time. Those with respiratory difficulties, the very old and very young should stay indoors when smoke is present. This is not expected to be a widespread issue in the South Valley or in the Kern County desert.
A brief increase in temperature is foreseen on Sunday and Monday with high pressure temporarily building. But then all models are indicating a general trough of low pressure forming along the western US coastline. By the big Labor Day holiday weekend, cooler temperatures are predicted- falling into the upper 80s in the Bakersfield area and 70s for the mountains.
No rain is anticipated with this change. However, we could see stronger winds as the upper level low pressure system arrives. That could spell bad news for firefighters if the various blazes are not tamped down by the end of this upcoming week.
Chief Meteorologist MILES MUZIO- August 26, 2016 6:26 PM
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