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

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.

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

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. It was canceled early Monday morning as monsoonal moisture tracked offshore overnight and did not result in thunderstorm activity," the service said early Monday morning in a tweet.

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

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Uploaded: Fri, Jul 16, 2021, 8:11 am
Updated: Mon, Jul 19, 2021, 8:37 am

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.

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

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. It was canceled early Monday morning as monsoonal moisture tracked offshore overnight and did not result in thunderstorm activity," the service said early Monday morning in a tweet.

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