Record high temperatures reigned again Saturday in Sacramento, but a parched valley could finally see some much-needed rain by Thursday.
Downtown Sacramento and Sacramento Executive Airport marked 49 straight days without rain with record highs of 74 degrees on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.
And it was actually cooler on Saturday.
Sacramento on Friday set an all-time high for January reaching 79 degrees downtown, breaking the previous mark of 74 set in 1976. At Sacramento Executive Airport, the mercury hit 76, beating the 74 degrees recorded in 2009.
Downtown Sacramento has broken 11 days of record high temperatures this month during the historic dry streak, say forecasters.
Records for the date were set across the Sacramento Valley on Saturday, from 78 in Redding and Red Bluff to a 72 for Stockton and a high of 73 in Modesto, according to the weather service.
But relief courtesy of a low pressure system out of the Gulf of Alaska is expected to swoop into the Sacramento Valley in the next few days, said Stefanie Henry, weather service meteorologist, bringing with it a 20 to 25 percent chance of rain by early Thursday.
Were hoping, Henry said.
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