This, the first day of spring, arrives with dry conditions and a promise of wet weather next week.
During the spring or vernal equinox, the sun’s rays are directly over the equator. Equinox means “equal night” – and day and night hours are about equal with the advent of spring.
Sunrise Thursday morning is 7:09 a.m. and sunset is 7:18 p.m.
The National Weather Service explains that because Sacramento lies about 38 degrees north of the equator, March 16th and 17th are actually closest to equal day, equal nights for this region.
The weather service is forecasting dry and warm conditions through Monday. After that, computer models show a strong low pressure system from the Gulf of Alaska “knocking on the door,” according to the NWS.
Tuesday and Wednesday are thought to be the days most likely to bring rainfall to Sacramento, according to forecasters.
The detailed, 7-day forecast from the NWS for the Sacramento region:
Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Calm wind becoming northwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 49. Northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. Light south wind.
Friday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 48. South southeast wind 3 to 6 mph.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 75. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Saturday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 49.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 76.
Sunday night: Clear, with a low around 50.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 79.
Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 50.
Tuesday: A slight chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 72.
Tuesday night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51.
Wednesday: A chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 69.
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