Wind advisory issued over weekend for interior North Bay mountains


The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory this weekend for the North Bay interior mountains, with gusts expected to reach 40 mph at higher elevations, officials said.

The wind advisory will be in effect from 5 a.m. Saturday to 3 p.m. Sunday in the Mayacamas Mountains, East Bay Hills and in the Diablo Range.

After temperatures in Santa Rosa hit 92 degrees on Thursday, windy conditions in North Bay can be nerve-wracking but didn’t warrant a red flag warning, National Weather Service meteorologist David King said.

The region has enough fuel moisture left over from last year’s fall storms, unlike the Sacramento Valley, where windy, hot weather, dry fuels and low humidity triggered a red flag warning at the weekend course.

If weather service meteorologists receive new information that warrants similar action for North Bay, they may issue one, King said.

“Stay alert and don’t be that spark,” he added.

Most populated areas in Sonoma County, including Santa Rosa, can expect breezes to pick up Friday afternoon at 15 mph with occasional gusts of up to 20 mph.

Overnight, the pattern will pivot to onshore winds, with higher elevations being hit with gusts of 30 to 40 mph, King said. He recommended that residents of the windiest places, places like Mount St. Helena, strap down their patio furniture and take other items inside.

After Thursday’s record heat, the Bay Area will continue to cool, with highs in the 70s by Sunday, King said. Daytime highs are expected to continue to drop into the 50s and 60s next week, and a small amount of rain is expected Monday in North Bay.

Sonoma County could receive one to two tenths of an inch of precipitation, meteorologists said.

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