Unusually high late-March temperatures rang up another record Sunday in Sacramento, but change is on the way.
The temperature hit a high of 84 degrees Sunday afternoon at Sacramento Executive Airport, breaking the old record of 83 set in 2002. In downtown Sacramento, the high of 84 degrees fell short of the record 86, also set in 2002.
However, temperatures that have been soaring higher than seasonal norms will taper off this week in the Sacramento region, dipping nearly 10 degrees as midweek approaches, according to the National Weather Service in Sacramento. The temperature drop will be accompanied by north-northwest winds Tuesday night, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
The weather service predicted a Tuesday high of 75 degrees, with Wednesday’s high near 73. The rest of the week is expected to bring high temperatures in the low- to mid-70s, with nightly lows in the 46-to-47-degree range.
Those daytime projections are still far higher than average – pegged by the weather service for this time of year at 67 degrees – but a passing trough of low pressure to California’s north will help break the nearly weeklong stretch of unseasonably warm weather.
Meteorologist Tom Dang said runs of hot or cold weather are not unusual. But for the past several years, as California has experienced a historic drought, Sacramento has experienced several early-spring warm spells.
The workweek will continue to be dry, though a system moving through Northern California might yield some precipitation; Dang said it’s too early to say how much.
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