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This NOAA satellite image taken Sunday shows cloudiness over the Pacific Northwest with heavy rain showers across much of western Washington state. That system will cause winds to increase in Northern California, with the Sacramento Valley experiencing breezy conditions on Monday and Tuesday.

Breezy conditions predicted for St. Patrick’s Day

Published: Monday, Mar. 17, 2014 - 12:00 am

Hang onto your hats on St. Patrick’s Day, as breezy conditions today herald the return to more seasonal temperatures this week.

“We had a ridge of high pressure over the area, but it will be mitigated the next several days with a system passing to the north,” Robert Baruffaldi, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento, said Sunday.

A high-pressure ridge parked over the Sacramento area has been responsible for the unusually warm recent weather. Sunday’s high was 81 degrees, well above the average of 67.

But a storm clipping the state Sunday night was expected to change the pattern.

Expect winds today from 15 to 25 mph, with gusts up to 35 mph. The breezy weather will bring a drop in daytime temperatures at the start of the work week, with a high of 69 degrees expected. The low will remain normal at 47.

Tuesday will be sunny and slightly less blustery, with winds of only 9 mph. High temperature will be about 72 degrees, and the low will be 47.

The rest of the week will be clear, with highs about 73 degrees and the lows hovering between 47 and 49.

“We’ll be staying dry,” Baruffaldi said.

Call The Bee’s Tillie Fong, (916) 321-1006.

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