Today's temperatures in the Sacramento area nudged but failed to top records for the date.
A high of 93 degrees was reported at Sacramento Executive Airport, but the record for the date was 94 degrees in 1990, said Karl Swanberg, a forecaster with the National Weather Service.
"We came up a little bit short here," he said.
Downtown Sacramento also topped out at 93 degrees, 4 degrees below the record of 97 degrees in 1992.
Further north, Red Bluff tied its 1966 record of 98 degrees.
A cool-down will begin Saturday as winds pick up and clouds begin to move into the Valley and the Sierra.
"Overall, it will be sunny, but that hazy sunshine with a little bit of smoke," Swanberg said.
A red flag warning is in effect until 4 p.m. Saturday in the northern and central Sacramento Valley, including Glenn, Colusa, Yuba Butte and northern Sutter counties.
A chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms are forecast for Saturday and Sunday nights in the Valley and the Sierra.
A high around 88 degrees is forecast for the Sacramento area Saturday, dropping to around 79 degrees Sunday. Highs are expected to dip to the low- to mid-70s by Monday.
In the Sierra, a high of 67 degrees is forecast Saturday for areas such as Truckee, with highs dropping into the mid-50s by Monday