Sacramento records new daytime high for Jan. 2; no rain in sight

Published: Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 - 12:00 am

Another temperature record fell in Sacramento on Thursday with a high of 66 degrees downtown, one degree above the previous record for the date set in 1940, according to the National Weather Service.

December’s pattern of dry weather is likely to continue well into January, and Friday’s high could well topple the record of 64 degrees for the date set in 2012, said Craig Shoemaker, a weather service meteorologist.

“Friday will be an interesting day,” he said, explaining that the prospect for another record-breaking high depends on whether a high- to mid-level cloud cover moves in from the coast. If it is cloudy, Sacramento will see lower temperatures. A high of 63 degrees is forecast, but with enough sun, the mercury could easily reach 64 or higher, he said.

The mild weather is expected to continue through the weekend, with a high of 65 forecast for Saturday and 62 for Sunday.

In the mountains, too, it may feel more like spring than winter Friday, with a high of 51 degrees forecast for Truckee. Temperatures are expected to dip a bit over the weekend, with a projected high of 44 for Saturday and 49 for Sunday, but sunny skies.

There is a slight chance of rain in the mountains Tuesday or Tuesday night, Shoemaker said, but it would be relatively light.

“It won’t help us out too much,” he said.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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