Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer, and in much of Northern California, the weather certainly is living up to that tradition.
Throughout the long weekend and well into next week, the Sacramento area will see temperatures approaching triple digits, said Karl Swanberg, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Sacramento.
“We could get a little Delta breeze later in the week, but right now it looks like persistent high pressure over the area and through the upcoming week,” he said. “We're looking at generally upper 90s.”
The hottest day on the horizon in Sacramento is Tuesday, when temperatures are likely to rise to 99 degrees.
Campers and others who are heading to the Sierra this weekend are likely to enjoy much more mild conditions. Temperatures in the high elevations will top out in the mid-50s to the mid-60s, increasing to the 70s by Monday, Swanberg said.
He warned that isolated mountain thunderstorms and showers are possible along the mountain crests.
The warm weather does come with some risks.
“We’re getting high levels of snow melt occurring with these warm temperatures,” Swanberg said. “The big concern for people recreating this weekend is the water is going to be very cold. It’s snow-melt water.”
Gloria Sandoval, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Parks and Recreation, urged those heading to the water to remember that even the best swimmers can get swept away in fast-moving, icy current. She said a properly-fitted life jacket is the best defense. She also urged families to keep close eyes on children near the water, particularly during large family gatherings when it can be easy to assume someone else is watching.
“We want people to go home with great memories and not some sad ones,” she said.