Randall Benton / rbenton@sacbee.com

Fireworks go off over Old Sacramento on Saturday, December 31, 2011. This year’s temperatures for New Year’s Eve are expected to be mild.

New Year’s Sacramento forecast: 43 degrees and clear

Published: Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 - 6:59 am
Last Modified: Thursday, May. 22, 2014 - 8:59 am

New Year’s Eve is expected to be dry with mild temperatures across Northern California as a high pressure system stays fully entrenched over the region, according to the National Weather Service.

The NWS forecasts the new year to ring in with temperatures ranging from the 20s in the mountains to 40s in the Sacramento Valley. Predicted midnight temperatures: Sacramento, 43 degrees, Woodland, 43, Roseville, 41, Yuba City, 41, Auburn, 48, Placerville, 45, Lodi, 44, Jackson, 45, Kyburz, 33, Donner Pass, 31 and South Lake Tahoe, 26.

No rain is forecast through the remainder of the year for Sacramento. With the absence of any more precipitation on Monday and Tuesday, this month will be the seventh driest December on record.

Only .38 of an inch of rain fell this month in Sacramento, which is just 11 percent of average for December. The wettest December occurred in 1955 when 12.20 inches of rainfall was recorded.

Read more: Drought brings water restrictions in Sacramento area.

A list of the driest Decembers in Sacramento, courtesy of the weather service:

0.00 in 1989

0.03 in 1999

0.07 in 2011

0.22 in 1956

0.23 in 1912

0.30 in 1975

0.38 in 1963 and 2013 (pending)

The extended forecast for the Sacramento region from the NWS:

Today: Widespread haze after 10am. Patchy dense fog before 10am. Patchy frost before 10am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 63. Calm wind.

Tonight: Widespread haze. Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 38. Calm wind.

Tuesday: Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 64. Calm wind becoming northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday night: Patchy fog after 4am. Patchy frost after 4am. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 37. North northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

New Year's day: Patchy fog before 10am. Patchy frost before 10am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 65. Calm wind.

Wednesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 39.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.

Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 39.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 67.

Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 38.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 64.

Saturday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 35.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 62.


Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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