While riders for the Amgen Bicycle Race of California contend with an expected high of 82 degrees and blustery conditions in Sacramento Sunday, with gusts up to 28 mph, they wont be in the capital city when it starts heating up to the century mark later this week.
The hottest day will be Wednesday, with an expected high of 99 degrees, just a few degrees shy of the record 103 degrees set in 1987.
The start of the work week will be warm - a balmy 89 degrees for Monday, with a low of 58. It will seem a bit cooler, as northwest winds 3 to 7 mph are expected, with gusts up to 20 mph possible during the day.
But once the winds start to go away on Tuesday, thats when it gets toasty, with the daytime high to reach 95 degrees.
Thats what bringing in the high temperatures, said Johnnie Powell, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento.
The high pressure is pushing the low pressure north, and the high pressure is causing the wind. But once the winds stop, the heat comes.
Tuesdays expected low of 61 degrees will also be slightly warmer than the normal 58 degrees for the date.
Not surprisingly, Wednesday wont cool down much at night, with the mercury dipping down to 64 degrees. The normal low for the date is 58 degrees.
Although it will start cooling off slightly on Thursday, with a high of 98 expected, it is also the most likely day to see the record for daytime temperatures to be matched or set. The warmest May 15th occurred in 1927, when the thermometer reading topped off at 99 degrees. Thursday night will be the normal 58 degrees.
Friday will likely see a repeat of Thursdays high of 98 degrees, but that will be well short of the record 102 degrees set in 1970. The low that night will be 57 degrees, slightly below the normal 61 degrees for the date.
While it may seem early to see near 100 degrees in May, its not that unusual.
We had 100 degrees as early as May 4, said Powell, adding that the precedent was set in 1990.
As for the latest date when it got that hot, that would be Oct. 10, 1991.
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