Skies have cleared in Kern County with cooler readings overall. Temperatures on Thursday were more typical of early October, about a month deeper into the cool season. Highs were confined to the mid and upper 80s in the south valley. A trough of low pressure in the upper atmosphere is expected to keep the next few afternoons cooler than normal for early September.
This is a dry weather regime and no rain or clouds are forecast through the weekend. However, our fall preview with highs only in the 80s through Saturday will yield to warmer weather by the first part of next week. Sunday will see sunny skies and temperatures rebound into the low 90s. Labor Day will be a bit warmer with highs around 93°. It now appears likely that central California will settle into a hazy and warm weather pattern for most of next week. Our friendly low pressure system keeping a lid on temperature should exit to the northeast early next week. In its place will be a flat ridge of high pressure and very light winds. This is a slight change from previous forecasts which had hinted at a weak low pressure trough remaining. But all models seem confident that the ridge will materialize over the west.
In September and October it is common to see these patterns which ultimately produce considerable central valley haze with fairly warm temperatures. I expect that situation to develop next week with highs in the mid 90s and lots of haze. Air quality should suffer with high particulate matter concentration. Mountain and desert areas should be haze free and warmer than average.
9-3-15 6:26 pm Chief Meteorologist MILES MUZIO