This smoke is mainly affecting areas west northwest of the the fires due to the wind,but expect lingering pockets around the area. The New Drought monitor shows conditions have gotten worse for the tri-county. The smoke/haze notwithstanding, expect another mostly clear and hot day in the valley. There is a slight chance for storms in the high country. These are not expected to bring meaningful rainfall, but they should bring lightning and increase the wind gusts in the valley. For our national view, there is an upper level trough that will be moving out of the area making way for a ridge of high pressure. This ridge will keep us dry throughout the weekend and the start of the work week. On the seven day forecast we can really see the ridge increasing our temperatures.