A late-season heat wave is predicted for Northern California after a weekend of cool weather punctuated by some lightning and a few drops of rain.
A high of just 73 degrees was registered on Sunday in downtown Sacramento. Some areas even got a few showers.
The National Weather Service reports that temperatures Monday morning are cooler than 24 hours ago given fewer clouds overhead to retain the heat. Temperatures ranged from the 30s and 40s in the mountains to the mid-50s to lower 60s in the valley.
Weather forecasters say a warm-up over interior Northern California will occur with the return of temperatures more often seen in July. A strong high pressure system is expected to build along the West Coast.
By Thursday, temperatures are predicted to be in the 90s in Sacramento. While no 100-degree days are predicted, century mark readings can occur.
On Oct. 10, 1991 the high temperature was 100 degrees -- the latest a 100-degree reading was ever recorded in Sacramento.
The detailed, seven-day forecast for the Sacramento region from the NWS:
Forecasts for your city: www.sacbee.com/weather