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Natalee McGovern, 7, goes airborne as her father, Trevor gives her boost while playing in the American River in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, June 7, 2013. Temperatures in the Sacramento area climbed over the triple digit mark sending people searching for ways to cool off.

Sacramento cool-down from intense heat begins Sunday

Published: Sunday, Jun. 9, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1B
Last Modified: Monday, Jun. 10, 2013 - 8:43 am

The first heat wave of the year didn't last very long.

Despite Saturday's record heat throughout the Sacramento region and Central Valley, forecasters were predicting immediate relief beginning this morning. The high temperatures in some places today are expected to be 20 degrees cooler than Saturday's blistering conditions.

"People are really going to feel the difference," said Drew Peterson, a forecaster with the National Weather Service.

Downtown Sacramento should see a high of only 89 degrees today. That's after a reading of 108 on Saturday that broke a record from 1973.

"There's no cool spots, but I'm trying to get a cool breeze here and there," said Derris Johnson, tending to a barbecue grill just before noon Saturday at Southside Park in downtown Sacramento, where his son was celebrating his third birthday. "Today, there's no Delta breeze. It's just straight-up hot."

The unprecedented heat for the date was experienced throughout the region. Peterson said "pretty much everywhere you can think of broke a record."

That included a record high of 112 in Red Bluff, 111 in Redding and 110 degrees in both Chico and Marysville.

Sugarloaf, above Lake Shasta in Shasta County, hit 119 degrees. A ranger station nearby hit 117. Stockton, Modesto and Fairfield all had record heat.

The National Weather Service reported a reading of 113 in the Florin area of Sacramento County. Rocklin hit 111, Granite Bay 110 and the tiny Capay Valley hamlet of Brooks topped out at 112 degrees.

Temperatures were expected to cool rapidly overnight and relief from the warm conditions is expected to last at least through the work week.

Peterson said the long-range forecast calls for mid- to upper-80s readings through the week, with a possible 90-degree reading next weekend. "I don't see another 100-degree day coming any time soon," he said.

The huge drop in temperature isn't highly unusual, given that a storm system is entering the area today, Peterson said. There's a decent chance for thunderstorms in the Sierra and through the Valley, with the possibility of thunder echoing through downtown Sacramento.

Bee staff writer Darrell Smith contributed to this report. Call The Bee's Ryan Lillis, (916) 321-1085. Read his City Beat blog at Follow him on Twitter @ryan_lillis.

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