Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:
Hot days, cool nights: The next couple of days spell summer in Sacramento: 100 degrees when the sun is out, temperatures in the 60s at night. The heat is due to a high pressure system, and the cooling is from the Delta breeze. So crank up the AC during the hot and sunny weather and turn on the whole house fan at night. Your attic will need a good airing.
Firefighters gain control: After a fierce blaze swept through El Dorado and Amador counties this weekend, firefighters have gained control with containment at 75 percent as of Monday night. Most residents began returning home Monday, but some were less fortunate. Rick Ogden waited at an emergency shelter as he and his girlfriend, Colleen Okey, tried to figure out next steps after their house was destroyed by the fire.
Kings of cable: The Sacramento Kings announced Monday that they have extended their television contract with Comcast SportsNet, a deal reportedly worth between $690 million and $700 million over 20 years. One Bay Area business consultant says the new ownership group provides the long-term stability that television companies look for.
Latest drought victim: Green lawns and new swimming pools are suffering from drought restrictions, but Gold Rush Days? Dirt-covered streets are a crucial component of the annual Labor Day weekend festival in Old Sacramento. It may not be intuitive, but that dirt requires 3,000 gallons of water each day to keep the dust down and 100,000 gallons of water to remove after the festival.
‘Boyhood’ starts Friday: “Boyhood” is one of the most-acclaimed films in recent years, and it took more than a decade to shoot, capturing life through the eyes of a boy as he grows up. The Sacramento Bee’s Carla Meyer talked to director Richard Linklater, as well as actors Ellar Coltrane and Patricia Arquette. The movie opens Friday in Sacramento at the Tower Theatre.
Cats return home: After two weeks away, the River Cats return to Raley Field tonight to face the Albuquerque Isotopes. The game kicks off an eight-game homestand along the river.
Local sports: Pittsburgh Pirates at San Francisco Giants, 7:15 p.m. (CSNBA, KNBR 680)
Oakland A’s at Houston Astros, 5:10 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140, KAHI 950)
Albuquerque Isotopes at Sacramento River Cats, 7:05 p.m. (KSTE 650)