Spring hasn't sprung, but the Sacramento Valley weather apparently hasn't gotten the memo.
Drew Peterson, a forecaster with the National Weather Service, said Sacramento's temperature is expected to rise this week, and may break records for daytime highs.
"We're looking at dry and warmer-than-normal temperatures, approaching the 80s later in the week, which is high for this time of year," Peterson said.
Peterson said the warming trend will peak on Wednesday and Thursday.
He said the 30-year normal temperature for mid-March is 64 degrees. Wednesday and Thursday may approach record-breaking historic highs.
The forecast calls for warming temperatures in the valley and local gusty winds in the mountains tapering off later today.
The valley could see some cloud cover later in the week, but no rain, Peterson said.
"There will be plenty of sunshine next week anyway," he said.
By next weekend, temperatures will cool off to the low 70s, still about 5 degrees above normal for this time of year.
By next Sunday evening, some precipitation could fall in the mountains, but with the warm temperatures, snow levels are expected to be high, and weekend travel plans shouldn't be impacted, Peterson said.
The 7-day forecast is as follows:
Today: Sunny, with a high near 73.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 74.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 75.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.
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