Warm, dry weather returns this week to Sacramento, with the daytime temperature on Wednesday expected to match the record high set on that date.
“We might be flirting with some records, but we’re not breaking any,” said Drew Peterson, forecast meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento.
Monday’s high is expected to reach 65 degrees, just one degree shy of the record set on the date in 2009.
Tuesday will likely see a repeat high of 65 degrees as well, but that will fall short of the 66 degrees set in 1989.
Wednesday is expected to be the warmest day of the week, when a high of 67 degrees is forecast. That will match the record high set in 1981.
But then it will start cooling off slightly for the rest of the week.
The mercury readings will likely reach 66 degrees on Thursday and Friday, and 65 degrees on Saturday and Sunday, but those will be a few degrees shy of the records set for those dates.
The warmest temperature posted for Thursday’s date was 68 degrees in 1991, and for Friday, 70 degrees in 2009. As for the weekend, it was a balmy 70 degrees on Saturday’s date in 1976, and 71 degrees on Sunday’s date in 1991.
Lows all this week will be around 39 degrees, which is normal for this time of year. The normal high, however, is 53 degrees, so the daytime temperatures this week are between 10 and 15 degrees warmer than usual.
The main reason for the springlike weather is a high-pressure ridge that is rebuilding over the state.
“It’s one of the things that can persist in the atmosphere for weeks at a time,” said Peterson. “It’s the way the atmosphere dynamics has worked out in the last couple of years.”
And the effect is what has been seen this winter.
“All the regular storms that should be hitting us are going up into Canada and dropping down on the East Coast, so we have extremes on both sides of the country,” said Peterson.
The brief storm that blew in Saturday brought no recordable rain to downtown Sacramento, and only a trace amount at the executive airport. Typically, by this time in January, the city should have received 1.28 inches of rain. So far it has received none.
“The bulk of the precipitation was on the east side of the Valley,” said Peterson.
The eastern part of Roseville, Lincoln and Folsom got a brief downpour, with Folsom posting 0.01 inches of rain.
Most of the moisture went to the mountains, with Blue Canyon getting 0.41 inches and higher peaks getting 0.6 inches of precipitation. Sierra Tahoe got 2 inches of snow, but most of the ski resorts were lucky to get between 1 and 3 inches of fresh powder.
There is another weak storm coming in on Saturday but since it’s tracking north of the state, it will not bring any precipitation, only clouds to the Sacramento area.
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