This is the Weather Underground forecast for Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 for the western region of the U.S.

Sacramento breaks 23-year-old record temperature

Published: Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 - 7:09 am
Last Modified: Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 - 11:08 pm

Sacramento hit 71 degrees in downtown Thursday, smashing the record high of 68 degrees for Jan. 16, set in 1991.

All across the Central Valley, records were broken as a high-pressure ridge continues to reign over the area. Stockton reached 69 degrees, beating its old record of 68. Red Bluff’s 80 degrees was two degrees above its 2009 record.

“Not good,” said Johnnie Powell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento. “It’s good weather, but there’s no rain in sight.”

The warm temperatures Thursday came after the capital city breached its all-time high Wednesday for Jan. 15, when the mercury reached 69 degrees.

“There’s no sign of rain in the foreseeable future,” Powell said.

The weather service is predicting a high of 66 degrees today, which is 10 degrees above normal. The 1.75 inches of precipitation that has fallen this rainfall year amounts to 18 percent of normal.

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

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