BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The weather pattern will continue to be similar to what we saw yesterday but a few degrees cooler as the high pressure system continues to weaken. It will remain hot and dry in the valley, while breezy conditions continue for the Kern mountain and Kern River Valley communities.
Strong high pressure stationed over the four corner region is pulling moisture for most of the southwest region of the United States. Monsoonal moisture has reached the Sierra Crest and parts of Kern County mountains and desert areas earlier this week. Moisture will remain in the area until Friday, therefore, you can expect passing clouds and isolated rain showers along with a possible thunderstorm.
The ridge of high pressure is loosing it's grip on the for corner region, due to a digging trough located over the Pacific. Therefore, expect gradual cooling as temperatures drop 5 - 10 degrees.With the stagnant air in the valley the air quality index remains unhealthy for sensitive groups (143) Thursday.
Looking ahead, monsoonal moisture will remain in place until Friday for parts of Kern County. This will translate to passing clouds and a very slight chance for a light rain shower in the mountains and Kern River Valley. Expect the high pressure to weaken by the weekend paving the way for temperatures to decrease gradually. Just in time for our 4th of July weekend as temperatures will return closer to near our seasonal average.