After three straight days of 101 degrees in downtown Sacramento, temperatures begin to cool today.
Although today is still expected to be hot with a high of 98 degrees, the weekend forecast calls for milder days, punctuated with thunderstorms Saturday night.
The high on Saturday and Sunday is expected to be about 90 degrees in Sacramento.
In a replay of thunderstorms last month, Saturday night could have more thunderclaps and bolts of lightning. The National Weather Service is calling for a few isolated thunderstorms in the Central Valley and foothills as monsoonal moisture arrives.
If thunderstorms develop, the initial wave could very well be devoid of rain, but still packing lightning.
Because of that possibility, the NWS has issued a fire weather watch, warning of potential wildfires, for portions of the Northern Sierra, Southern Cascades and coastal mountains.
The 7-day forecast for the Sacramento region:
Today: Sunny and hot, with a high near 98. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 60. South wind 6 to 10 mph.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Southwest wind around 8 mph.
Saturday night: Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. South southwest wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 90. South southwest wind around 7 mph.
Sunday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 58.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 93.
Monday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 59.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 92.
Tuesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 59.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 93.
Wednesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 61.
Thursday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 97.
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