New Year’s Eve revelers in Sacramento won’t have any bad weather to mar their celebrations.
The forecast for Tuesday calls for sunny skies and a high of 63 degrees, which is 10 degrees above normal for this time of year. The night time lows will be around 40 degrees, which is normal.
Indeed, the rest of the week will be much the same, with highs in the 60s, and lows around 40 degrees.
“We got more sun, but no rain,” said Johnnie Powell, forecast meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento.
No record high temperatures are expected to be broken this week, although it may be matched on Monday, which is expected to reach 61 degrees.
The last time it got that warm on that date was in 1877, which went down in the history books as the lowest record high in a calendar year.
A high pressure ridge parked over northern California has been responsible for the unusual balmy weather in the area.
With no rain in the forecast this week, this month will tie record for seventh driest December, set in 1963.
So far, only 0.38 inch of precipitation has been recorded for this month, or about 11 percent of the normal 3.48 inches for December.
As for the water year, which began July 1, rainfall is about 25 percent of normal, with only 1.75 inches posted so far. Usually, by this time, Sacramento should have received 6.97 inches of moisture.
A normal water year for the city would have 20.27 inches of precipitation. The most recent water year (July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013) saw 16.44 inches of rain.
The driest water year for the city was in 1975-1976, when only 7.25 inches fell. That was followed by another parched water year - 7.53 inches in 1976-1977.
“It was back to back drought,” said Powell of that period.
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