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Thunderstorms may come to Bay Area on Sunday, with chances of dry lightning

Fire weather watch issued for Santa Cruz Mountains

Thunder and dry lightning, as seen above at the Palo Alto Baylands on Aug. 16, 2020. The Bay Area is expected to similar conditions on July 18, 2021. Courtesy Brian Krippendorf.

Thunderstorms with chances of dry lightning might make their way to the Bay Area on Sunday and Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

As mid-level moisture makes its way across the Central Coast and Bay Area, upper-level disturbance from British Columbia will cause a lobe of energy to hit the region from the northwest, the weather service said Thursday. This might bring thunderstorms and chances of dry lightning.

The chances of dry lightning are low, but it can be a concern for starting wildfires if it strikes near dry brush throughout the region. The weather service does not anticipate that the conditions will bring about a fire similar to the Lightning Complex fires that struck the Bay Area in August 2020.

The National Weather Service issued a fire weather watch Friday afternoon for portions of the Bay Area, including the Santa Cruz Mountains, beginning 5 p.m. Sunday through 11 a.m. Monday.

Bay Area residents can check the latest forecasts at weather.gov/BayArea.

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Thunderstorms may come to Bay Area on Sunday, with chances of dry lightning

Fire weather watch issued for Santa Cruz Mountains

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Uploaded: Fri, Jul 16, 2021, 9:47 am
Updated: Fri, Jul 16, 2021, 4:36 pm

Thunderstorms with chances of dry lightning might make their way to the Bay Area on Sunday and Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

As mid-level moisture makes its way across the Central Coast and Bay Area, upper-level disturbance from British Columbia will cause a lobe of energy to hit the region from the northwest, the weather service said Thursday. This might bring thunderstorms and chances of dry lightning.

The chances of dry lightning are low, but it can be a concern for starting wildfires if it strikes near dry brush throughout the region. The weather service does not anticipate that the conditions will bring about a fire similar to the Lightning Complex fires that struck the Bay Area in August 2020.

The National Weather Service issued a fire weather watch Friday afternoon for portions of the Bay Area, including the Santa Cruz Mountains, beginning 5 p.m. Sunday through 11 a.m. Monday.

Bay Area residents can check the latest forecasts at weather.gov/BayArea.

Comments

Danna Breen
Registered user
Portola Valley: other
on Jul 16, 2021 at 2:38 pm
Danna Breen, Portola Valley: other
Registered user
on Jul 16, 2021 at 2:38 pm

Remember what happened last time we had dry lightning strikes?! THis is frightening news..


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