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Christy Kim, 19, of Elk Grove, holds up a paper collage banana at the 4th annual Sacramento Banana Festival, Saturday, August 10, 2013, at William Land Park.

Sacramento area temperatures are on the rise this week

Published: Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013 - 12:38 pm
Last Modified: Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013 - 12:48 pm

Temperatures will climb back into the 90s this week, bringing back more seasonal weather to the Sacramento region.

"It will remain basically around normal or at normal," said Johnnie Powell, forecast meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

High temperatures Monday are forecast at 90 degrees, and then 93 degrees Tuesday through Thursday, the weather service says.

Friday and Saturday's highs should hover at 90 degrees.

August, usually one of the hottest months of the year for the Sacramento area, has not quite lived up to its reputation this year.

"It's been in the 80s the last five days," said Powell.

Credit a low pressure ridge that has been bringing in cool air from the ocean. "It's like an air conditioner that blows harder," he said.

The forecast models show that Sacramento won't be over 100 degrees for the next 10 days.

The month has been cooler than usual, but should a heatwave occur the last week of this month, that would bring August back to seasonal norms.

"We'll have to go back to 2011 to get a month of August with no 100 readings," said Powell. He said that also occurred in 2006.

The coolest August was in 1899, which only saw temperatures rise to 90 degrees twice. The hottest August was in 1998, when 16 out of 31 days topped 100 degrees.

As for this summer, it's been a little cooler than normal as well. Typically, from June to August, there is an average of 23 days with temperatures over 100 degrees. This year, there were only five days in June and eight in July that reached the century mark, and none in August so far.

The hottest summer was in 1988, when 41 days topped at 100 degrees. The coolest summer was in 1907, when there were no triple digit days at all.

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