Downtown Sacramento reaches record 69 degrees Wednesday

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 - 7:49 pm

Sacramento fell shy 70 of degrees Wednesday, but it still reached a new high for the date.

Downtown Sacramento topped out at 69 degrees, breaking the previous record of 68 degrees set in 2003, said Brooke Bingaman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

But Sacramento couldn’t match Redding and Red Bluff, which both recorded highs of 80 degrees Wednesday, toppling the old records of 78 degrees set in 2009.

Daytime highs in the Sacramento region are expected to remain in the upper 60s at least through the weekend, with overnight lows in the upper 30s. Patchy fog is forecast before 11 a.m. Thursday, followed by sunny skies.

A red flag warning remains in effect for the west slope of the Sierra, where gusty winds and low relative humidity, combined with prolonged dry conditions, contribute to increased fire danger. The warning is expected to remain in effect until 9 a.m. Friday.

Highs in the mid- to upper-50s are forecast for the Truckee and Lake Tahoe areas, with lows in the upper teens to low 20s. Even Blue Canyon, typically one of the coldest spots along Interstate 80 in the Sierra, is expected to see highs in the mid to upper 60s Thursday and Friday, with overnight lows in the low- to mid-50s.

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

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