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Sacramento music fans and performers alike are getting a dose of warm weather this Memorial Day weekend. Here, Lloyd Meadows, left, and Bruce Gordon of the Zydeco Flames entertain the crowd at the Firehouse Lot during the 2014 Music Festival on Saturday, May 24, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif.

Memorial Day in Sacramento starts a week of slightly lower temperatures

Published: Sunday, May. 25, 2014 - 11:03 am
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jun. 11, 2014 - 9:26 am

The heat in Sacramento will take a vacation after Memorial Day and temperatures will return to more seasonal levels as residents get back to work.

With the high expected to reach 97 degrees, today may be the closest the Sacramento region comes this week to nearing record-breaking temperatures.

“All our records are above 100 degrees,” said Johnnie Powell, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

Monday’s high is likely to top 94 degrees, well below the record 102 degrees set in 1974. The hottest Memorial Day in Sacramento occurred more than a century ago in 1910 - when the mercury rose to a searing 103 degrees.

The high pressure ridge that is responsible for the toasty Memorial Day weekend weather will start to break down Monday evening, bringing temperatures back into the 80s, the weather service reported. Normal high for this time of year in Sacramento is 83.

Monday night is forecast to drop to 59 degrees, just one degree above the normal low.

Tuesday will be warm, with a high of 87 degrees expected during the day. Night temperatures are expected to fall to 56.

Look for a further slide in the thermometer on Wednesday, with a afternoon high forecast at 84 degrees and the evening hours falling to around 58 degrees.

Thursday should see a slight bump upward to 88 degrees, but temperatures drop for the nighttime hours to about 56 degrees.

The shortened work week is likely to end with a high of 85 degrees and a return to overnight clouds. The low is forecast at 54 degrees.

Sacramento’s most persistently hot summer on record occurred in 1988, when temperatures topped 100 degrees 41 times.

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

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