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A nice end to the week

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and last updated 2020-09-24 20:44:40-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — For those of us in the San Joaquin Valley, Thursday has been a pretty nice day!

Temperatures have been a bit cooler, and our air quality has been in the 'good' range all day!

Unfortunately the same can't be said for the Kern River Valley, where smoke from the SQF Complex Fire has been thick, and air quality has been in the 'hazardous' range, the worst level on the air quality scale.

Skies will likely stay hazy in that area of Friday, but air quality isn't looking quite as bad.

Air quality will likely remain good for the San Joaquin Valley.

Temperatures will run a few degrees cooler again on Friday as an onshore flow continues.

Highs will be in the mid 80s for the San Joaquin and Kern River Valleys, and in the mid to upper 70s for the south Mountains.

Additionally, as cooler air flows in Thursday evening we expect some winds gusting over 40 miles per hour in the Kern County Mountains and Desert, especially through and just below mountain passes.

Looking ahead, we're still on track for a big warm up starting Sunday and lasting into most of next week.

Temperatures will approach triple digit levels in the Valley, and skies will likely become hazy again as the wind shifts.

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Chief Meteorologist Elaina Rusk

Alex Bell

Brandon Michaels

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