BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Temperatures continue to rise above well above average each afternoon, with highs in the mid-60s while we're used to seeing mid-50s this time of year.
This mild weather pattern is thanks to a ridge of high pressure, plenty of subsidence and sinking air, keeping our skies clear and helping make room for the sun to warm us up. But with this sinking air, our air quality continues to get worse, with the rating now unhealthy for sensitive groups. Wood burning is prohibited for yet another day.
There was a dense fog advisory in effect for the valley in the early morning hours of Monday, but the worst of it stayed to the north of Kern County.
In the 7-day forecast we have a change on the way. We'll stay sunny and warm through Friday, but then Saturday the clouds start to roll in, with a 20 percent chance of rain late Saturday. Sunday the cold front will move through the area, dropping temperatures dramatically back to the mid-50s, and bringing a better chance of rain to the valley and mountains sites. We'll have to wait and see exactly how this system affects Kern County, but for now it looks promising that we'll see a cool down and enough wind to push the bad air particles out of the valley.