BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — We saw a blanket of haze earlier this weekend due to dozens of new fire starts in Northern California. Changes in wind directions brought some of that wildfire smoke to the area, prompting an air quality alert for much of Central California. This will remain in effect through 5 pm on Monday for the San Joaquin Valley.
On Sunday evening conditions will look to slowly improve. However, we will continue to see that poor air quality. Latest numbers as of Sunday afternoon showed visibilities reduced by smoke and haze in the Bakersfield area about to 3 miles out.
It is a bit tricky to forecast afternoon high's with all of this smoke. This usually leads to slightly warmer overnight lows and slightly cooler afternoon highs. However, we can still expect temperatures to stay above the century mark in Bakersfield for most of next week.
A Southwesterly flow on both Monday and Tuesday should help get rid of some of the smoke. Whatever is leftover by Wednesday should push back up Northward. With this we will also see a period of monsoonal moisture.
Air Quality on Monday will remain unhealthy for those sensitive groups, with an AQI of 112. During this time, afternoon highs should remain in the upper 90's for most of the Valley, triple digit heat in the Desert areas, and those 80's to 90's in the Mountain communities.
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Chief Meteorologist Elaina Rusk
Meteorologist Brandon Michaels