CHICO — August in the north valley has been slightly hotter than average, and on Labor Day, it’s about to get even hotter.
Temperatures this upcoming holiday weekend are forecast up to 109 degrees in Chico and the National Weather Service Sacramento issued an excessive heat watch from 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5 alongside elevated fire weather conditions.
“It’s going to be exceptionally hot and exceptionally dry,” National Weather Service Sacramento Meteorologist Karl Swanberg said.
Swanberg said nights will also stay warm in the north valley with temperature lows forecast between 70 and 75 degrees overnight.
Temperatures in the valley are expected around 100 degrees starting today and rise up to the high 100s by Friday.
High temperatures for Labor Day Monday are forecast to be near 109 degrees in Chico; 109 degrees in Oroville; 102 degrees in Paradise and 108 degrees in Red Bluff.
The National Weather Service reported the possibility of record high temperatures possible Sunday through Monday.
Swanberg said the highest September temperature recorded in Chico was 114 degrees in 1988 while Redding reached 116 degrees in 1988 and Sacramento reached 109 degrees in 2020.
Swanberg said the Sacramento area has a good chance of breaking its temperature record.
With the excessive heat watch, the weather service warns of high to very high risk for heat related illnesses for pets, livestock and much of the population.
“It’s going to be a several day event, it looks like,” Swanberg said. “Keep hydrated, check on the pets, check on your neighbors.”