High pressure is building through the weekend, keeping mostly clear skies and dry conditions.
With the offshore winds, temperatures will also continue to warm through the weekend. Winds Friday are similar to today, then a little weather Saturday and Sunday.
Expect daytime highs to reach the mid-70s for most locations this weekend.
Hwy 58 east of California Valley. Hills in bloom.#beonksby
In more exciting weather news: For the first time since December 20, 2011, California is officially drought free. Only a small amount of its territory remains abnormally dry, according to the latest US Drought Monitor map.
According to the latest US Drought Monitor map, CA is now officially drought free (D1-D4) for the first time since December 20, 2011. Until this week some part of the state had seen some form of drought for 376 consecutive weeks.#CAdrought #Drought #CAwx #CAwater #LAweather pic.twitter.com/vdN7ac1dtl
— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) March 14, 2019
More than 93 percent of the state is free of drought, and areas of abnormal dryness along the Oregon border and in parts of four southern counties amount to less than 7 percent of the state, the U.S. Drought Monitor said in its weekly update.
#DroughtMonitor 3/12: Only ~6.5% of of contiguous USA now dealing with moderate #drought or worse vs 11.7% last week. Number of people affected by #Drought2019’s cut in half — from 8.2M to 4.1M in 1 week. More: https://t.co/YBE9JQoznR @droughtgov pic.twitter.com/8fh0Bic55s
— NOAA (@NOAA) March 14, 2019
Since 2000, the longest duration of drought in California lasted 376 weeks, beginning on December 27, 2011, and ending on March 5, 2019.
The most intense period of drought occurred the week of October 28, 2014, affecting more than 58 percent of California land.