Mercury to hit 90s, but beware the cold waters

Published: Sunday, Apr. 28, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Sunday, Apr. 28, 2013 - 7:23 am

Sacramento is about to heat up.

"We're 15 degrees above normal," said Johnnie Powell, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

Temperatures at Sacramento Executive Airport reached 88 degrees Saturday and is expected to hit near 92 degrees today.

"We're very warm," Powell said. "But I don't like to use the term hot for this time of year. It's only going to be warm in the late afternoons."

With temperatures rising in the region, the El Dorado County Sheriff's Department warns people seeking recreation along streams and rivers to beware of swift water flows due to the melting snowpack.

Despite the warm weather, water temperatures in the area are still in the 40s and 50s, posing the risk of hypothermia even for experienced swimmers. Officials say rivers and streams likely will be cold and swift for the next several weeks.

Call The Bee's Richard Chang, (916) 321-1018. Follow him on Twitter @RichardYChang.

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