Randall Benton / RBenton@sacbee.com

A Great Blue heron along the American River near the Nimbus fish hatchery on Saturday, January 11, 2014. Flows from Folsom Dam to the American River will be reduced this week because of drought like conditions. The American River will have its lowest flows since 1993. The National Weather Service is forecasting a high of 70 degrees on Wednesday, which is 15 degrees above normal for the Sacramento region.

Temp of 70 predicted Wednesday for Sacramento

Published: Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 - 7:03 am

With record warmth and even a 70-degree day forecast for this week, could a false spring be in the air?

The National Weather Service is forecasting a high of 70 degrees on Wednesday, which is 15 degrees above normal for the Sacramento region. The rest of the week is also expected to be warm.

Could that warmth cause vegetation to emerge from its dormant stage, making fresh growth vulnerable to freezes later on in the winter? Today’s high is expected to be 66 degrees, which is just under the record maximum temperature for Jan. 13 of 67 degrees, a mark set in 2012.

No rain is predicted for the week and none fell on Saturday when skies grew dark but delivered only a few sprinkles in Sacramento. No rain has been recorded in Sacramento since Dec. 7.

The detailed, 7-day forecast from the NWS for the Sacramento region:

Today: Sunny, with a high near 66. Light north northwest wind.

Tonight: Clear, with a low around 37. Calm wind.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 69. Light north northwest wind.

Tuesday night: Clear, with a low around 37. Light north wind.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 70. Calm wind.

Wednesday night: Clear, with a low around 37.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 68.

Thursday night: Clear, with a low around 37.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 67.

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

Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 62.

Saturday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 64


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

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