High temperatures will be stepping up day-by-day in Sacramento, ending their ascent just short of 100 degrees by the weekend.

Heavy rain and pea-sized hail are pelting Interstate 80 drivers between Truckee and the Nevada state line and Sierra Nevada-area residents with storms that are expected to last until sundown today.

Looking back, Sacramento set a record for rainfall on Sunday – and looking forward get ready for hot weather by the end of the week.

Traces of rain and overcast skies in the Sacramento region Sunday brought welcomed relief after weeks of hot, dry weather.

Don’t dust off your umbrellas just yet, but forecasters say there’s a 20 percent chance of a sprinkle tomorrow.

Pleasant weather over the weekend is forecast for the Sacramento region as the area settles into a stretch of days in the low 90s.

A strong Delta breeze overnight has kept weather conditions cool Thursday.

Daytime highs Wednesday afternoon will generally be several degrees cooler in the Sacramento region than on Tuesday.

Temperatures are expected to be a dozen degrees cooler Tuesday than on Monday.

Monday would not be a good day for outdoor afternoon activity with temperatures expected to be scorching in the Sacramento region.

After a relatively cool opening day Friday for the California State Fair – the high in downtown Sacramento was only 89 degrees – temperatures are heating up today, but they’re nowhere near record highs for this time of year.

Friday’s weather should be tolerable, but by Monday triple-digit heat is forecast to return to Sacramento.

Daytime high temperatures on Thursday and Friday are expected to be below normal for July 10 and 11 in Sacramento -- but the weekend is expected to heat up.

Temperatures are expected to remain hot through the week but stay well below 100-degrees.

Cloudiness over Northern California was providing mild temperatures on Tuesday in advance of cooler weather this week.

Temperatures are expected to remain hot Monday in Sacramento with 101 forecast for late this afternoon.

Sunny skies are in the forecast for Sacramento.

Today’s high of 95 is predicted to extend through tomorrow, giving the Sacramento area a relatively temperate Fourth of July.

Highs in the Sacramento area are expected to reach 95 degrees today and stay around for the rest of the week.

Sacramento closed out June with a high of 106 degrees, a degree shy of the 107 degrees recorded on June 9.

The Sacramento area today is expected to experience a big cool down, but given that highs yesterday clocked in at 106 degrees, it’ll still be hot.

The work week is forecast to start out hot, with temperatures rising Monday to a high of 107 degrees, before dropping back into the upper-90s by Tuesday and remaining there through Independence Day.

Sacramento is on the verge of a hot spell with a predicted high of 98 degrees on Sunday and then the area heads into triple-digit temperatures on Monday and Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

A high pressure system building across the state will push temperatures in Sacramento into triple-digit territory by Monday.

Continued air flow inland from the Pacific is expected to keep temperatures a bit below normal Friday, with the high predicted to reach 88 degrees during the day before warming steadily over the weekend.

Abnormally cool temperatures and gusty winds will be the order of the day on Thursday as the Sacramento region feels the affects of a Gulf of Alaska low pressure system.

A low pressure system is expected to deliver increasing winds, cloudiness and cooler temperatures on Wednesday to the Sacramento region.

Free money comes with a price on Tuesday in Sacramento when searchers looking for cash as part of the online treasure hunt @HiddenCash scour Sacramento in what is expected to be hot weather.

The first full week of summer 2014 will by hot initially, but a short midweek cooling trend is predicted to bring some relief to the Sacramento area.

Superstorm Sandy made one thing clear to millions in the New York metro area: Despite modern transportation and communication systems, and extensive water and electricity services, nature is still in control.

Public safety agencies recommend residents put together emergency supply kits, which can come in handy in the event of floods, fires or extended power outages.

Q: What state mountain set the record for snow from a single storm?
A: Mount Shasta received 189 inches from a single storm in 1959.

Q: From 1950 to 2004, how many tornadoes formed in Sacramento County?
A: Four tornadoes. The strongest was an F2.

Q: What is the mass of the atmosphere?
A: About 5 million billion tons.

Q: How often do two blue moons occur in a year?
A: Only three or four times per century.

Q: What is California's record low temperature for April?
A: -30 degrees at White Mountain.

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