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A pedestrian gets under his umbrella to keep dry on the campus of UC Davis in in Davis, on Friday, April 25, 2014. Sacramento is expecting at least a quarter of an inch for Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

Cool weather to give way to early heat wave

Published: Sunday, Apr. 27, 2014 - 1:20 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, May. 22, 2014 - 8:59 am

Remember last Friday’s high of only 59 degrees in Sacramento?

That will be almost a distant memory, when temperatures will reach 94 degrees on Thursday, the warmest day this week.

“We have the reverse of what was going on last week - a high pressure ridge will be going over us,” said George Cline, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

The low pressure trough that brought 0.66 inches of rain to Sacramento Friday will be replaced by a high pressure ridge that will warm the city by more than 30 degrees this week.

“It will be normal until Tuesday, but Wednesday through Friday will be above normal, with the hottest daytime temperature on Thursday,” said Cline.

Monday’s high is expected to reach the normal 77 degrees, with the low dropping down to 53 degrees. just two degrees above normal.

The thermometer edge up slightly to 88 degrees on Tuesday, with the mercury sliding down to 58 degrees at night.

But it will start feeling like summer on Wednesday, when it will get up to 93 degrees during the day, and dipping to 62 degrees after sunset.

Thursday will be hottest day of the week, but it won’t reach 97 degrees, the record set in 1996. The low will be a balmy 60 degrees.

As the high pressure ridge moves eastward toward the end of the work week, day time temperatures will also start dropping.

Friday’s high is only expected to reach 90 degrees, with a low of 54 degrees. Saturday will be even cooler, with daytime temperatures topping off at 87 degrees.

All the heat means that most of the moisture that the Sacramento area received from last week’s storm will dry out fast.

The rains last Friday pushed the month’s total to 1.97 inches.

“We did better than normal,” said Cline. “But as for more rain, that’s looking pretty slim.”

Sacramento normally gets only 1.30 inches of rain in April, but the extra moisture this month doesn’t make up for below-normal precipitation for the area for the water season.

The city has only received 10.34 inches of rain since July 1, well below the 19.22 inches that it should have received by now.

“At least we’re in the double digits,” said Cline. “Hopefully, the ground sucked up some of it.”

The higher temperatures this week may be an indicator of things to come in the next season.

“The three-month outlook (May - July) is above normal,” said Cline. “It looks like a warm summer.”

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

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