CHICO — Rest easy, air conditioners. The hardest work is over.
After a cooldown this past weekend which ended a streak of several 100-degree days, temperatures this week are expected to stay cool into the weekend thanks to offshore winds coming into the valley.
“We’re not expecting a quick bounceback to the kind of heat we saw,” said Eric Kurth, meteorologist for National Weather Service Sacramento.
Parts of the north valley awoke to dampened ground Monday which in Chico measured at 0.14 inches of precipitation. However the rest of the week is forecast to be dry with a chance of rain on Sunday.
Temperatures are expected to be below normal for the next 10 days, and in Chico, there is no forecasting of above normal temperatures for the next two weeks, Kurth said.
Tuesday, temperatures will reach a high of 85 degrees in Chico, 84 degrees in Oroville, 77 degrees in Paradise, 79 degrees in Magalia and 75 degrees in Concow.
Wednesday will be the coolest day of the week with forecasted highs of 79 degrees in Chico, 78 degrees in Oroville, 72 degrees in Paradise, 73 degrees in Magalia and 69 degrees in Concow.
Temperature lows in the area are forecast to be in the middle 50s Tuesday through Friday.
Thursday and Friday, the forecast for temperature highs in the valley are in the middle 80s and temperature lows are forecast in the middle 50s.
Smoke from the Mosquito Fire — which as of Monday is reported at 46,587 acres in size and is 10% contained — is expected to clear up in the valley Tuesday because of cool, offshore winds traveling in following a pressure wave moving east, Kurth said.