Youngsters enjoy a dousing with water from a passing float Thursday along Fair Oaks Boulevard during Carmichael's 55th annual Fourth of July parade. The event's grand marshal was former Sacramento County Sheriff John McGinness.

Normal temperatures expected to return after record-tying heat in Sacramento area

Published: Friday, Jul. 5, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1B
Last Modified: Friday, Jul. 5, 2013 - 9:24 am

Relief from the heat is in sight.

Temperature highs today are expected to drop below 105 degrees for the first time in a week, according to the National Weather Service.

"The breezes will be cooling us down," weather service forecaster Johnnie Powell said.

High temperatures today are expected at 90 degrees and will retreat further Saturday to 87 degrees.

Temperatures are expected to remain in that range for the near future.

"We'll be right around normal," Powell said.

Still, on the Fourth of July, three heat records were tied in Sacramento.

Downtown reached a scorching 110 degrees at 4 p.m., matching the record for July 4 set in 1991, according to the weather service. Sacramento Executive Airport tied its record for July 4 of 109 degrees, also set in 1991.

Thursday marked the seventh day in a row of 105 degrees or hotter, tying the all-time record set Aug. 5-11 in 1990. Powell called the milestone "pretty substantial."

The sweltering heat made its way across the region, with unofficial sites reporting 113 in Folsom and 108 for Roseville.

Red Bluff baked in 112 degree weather, tying the record for July 4 set in 1970, according to the weather service. The Central Valley sizzled, but the temperatures there weren't enough to shatter records.

Stockton reached 107 degrees, just one degree shy of its 108 record for July 4. Modesto also hit 107 degrees, three degrees short of its 110 record.

The heat didn't stop crowds from turning out at Raley Field for the Fourth of July fireworks show.

Paul Viray, a lifelong Sacramentan, was among those who arrived a few hours early to get a good spot.

"It can be annoying, but I'm used to it," Viray, 27, said of the heat.

His brother Aaron called the weather a "nice change from winter."

"I love sweating," Aaron Viray said, while eating a sandwich.

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

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