Today, the National Weather Service (NWS) Bay Area announced a Fire Weather Watch for California from 5 AM Saturday until 5 PM Sunday. Per the NWS, wildfire risk heightened owing to gusty offshore winds and dry conditions, leading to the warning.
We have issued a Fire Weather Watch beginning 5 AM Saturday through 5 PM Sunday for gusty offshore winds and dry conditions. Please stay up to date on the forecast, and use extreme caution when recreating outdoors. Keep up with local officials for further information.#CAwx pic.twitter.com/VeJ9e046sC— NWS Bay Area 🌉 (@NWSBayArea) October 26, 2023
A CBS News San Francisco report mentions the areas under watch. Inland and coastal locations near Santa Cruz and Marin County, ridge tops and high terrains above 1,000 feet in Sonoma, Napa, and Marin counties, the Santa Cruz Mountains, eastern Santa Clara County, and the East Bay Hills fall under this category.
Considerations basis the environmental conditions resulted in the watch being issued. This includes limited overnight humidity recoveries (20-35%) and decreased daytime humidity (15-25%). Gusty northerly winds predicted to reach 45 mph by Saturday afternoon into Sunday, could further marginalize fire weather conditions.
Timely precautions to be taken by the public were highlighted by NWS. People should limit outdoor activities, follow the local weather forecast, and seek advice from local authorities. Will prove beneficial during this period of high fire risk.