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.
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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:
Monday: Patchy fog before 11 a.m. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 81. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 60. West wind 5 to 9 mph becoming south southeast after midnight.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 83. Light and variable wind becoming northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.
Tuesday night: Clear, with a low around 60. Northwest wind 6 to 9 mph.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 86. North northwest wind 9 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Wednesday night: Clear, with a low around 58.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 92.
Thursday night: Clear, with a low around 62.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 94.
Friday night: Clear, with a low around 62.
Saturday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 96.
Saturday night: Clear, with a low around 61.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 92.
Forecasts for your city: www.sacbee.com/weather