BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Bakersfield topped out in the mid-70s in the valley on Monday, well above our average of 61 for this time of year.
Today will be about the same as the ridge of high pressure responsible for the sunny and stable pattern continues to dominate, so expect temperatures to be about the same as yesterday, with mid-70s in the valley and Kern River valley and lower to mid 60s in the mountains further south.
Thankfully a little fresh marine air spilled into the valley overnight, improving our air quality slightly, which is now back in the moderate range. But wood burning in the valley is only allowed for people who have registered their fireplaces & wood burning devices with the Valley Air District. You can register here: http://www.valleyair.org/CBYBregistration/
The Santa Ana winds will still be gusting from the east, continuing to dry us out and warm us up. Be careful on the mountain passes where winds are funneling through the canyons.
Though it's February and the El Niño season has brought us above average precipitation so far this season, we still have an elevated fire danger through Thursday with low humidity levels in the single digits, those gusty winds and warmer than average temperatures.
It looks like we'll get some relief on Thursday as the High Pressure breaks down slightly, but it's not until Saturday that we have a better chance of fresh ocean air rushing into the county from the West. By then we will have been so dry for so long that any rain chances look to quickly evaporate, but we'll watch the skies closely.