Sacramento's downtown temperature is forecast to climb to 99 degrees today and should rise a tad more on Monday to reach 100, National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Kurth said today.
A hot showing today will push September to a record 26 days of meeting or exceeding the 90-degree threshold. Put another way, only four days for the month will have been below 90.
The previous record was set yesterday, when downtown Sacramento marked its 25th day of 90-plus temps. The previous record of 24 days was set in September 1974.
Some more benchmarks to consider:
The record for today's date was 102 in 1991.
If Monday should match the forecast and reach 100, it will be the 19th day to do so in Sacramento this year. The last time Sacramento saw 100 or above was Aug. 16.
Sacramento typically has about two 100-degree days in September. This year: none, so far.
And the daytime heat this week will hang around for a while, Kurth said.
Nighttime will bring cooling to the low 60s early to mid-week. Tuesday, look for 99 degrees, he said.
Wednesday, count on about 95 degrees.
Thursday, expect 92.
Friday check for 91.
Next weekend should bring respite.
"We have 85 forecast for the weekend," Kurth said. "That seems to be the potential for significant cool-down - which is actually what we expect for this time of year.
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