After the season’s first day of triple digit temperatures, highs in the Sacramento area dropped into the upper 90s Wednesday.
Downtown Sacramento recorded a high of 98 degrees, said Idamis Del Valle, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Sacramento International Airport reported a high of 97 degrees, and Sacramento Executive Airport, 95 degrees.
Temperatures are expected to top out in the upper 90s again Thursday before edging back into the low 100s Friday and Saturday, Del Valle said.
The normal this time of year, when a high pressure system is not trapping hot air over the valley like a pressure cooker lid, is 84 degrees.
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The National Weather Service issued a “special weather statement” Wednesday, urging people to be alert to heat-related illness and cold water safety concerns as the hot weather draws people to lakes and rivers.
In anticipation of 100-degree temperatures, the city of Rancho Cordova announced that City Hall, at 2729 Prospect Park Drive, will serve as a cooling center from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Signs will direct people to the cooling center room. Complimentary water and snacks will be provided, and movies will be available for viewing.
The detailed, 7-day forecast from the NWS for the Sacramento region:
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 57. South wind 6 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.
Thursday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 99. Calm wind becoming west-northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Thursday night: Clear, with a low around 63. West-northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Friday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 102. Calm wind becoming west-northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.
Friday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 68. West-northwest wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.
Saturday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 102.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 62.
Sunday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 96.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 58.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 95.
Monday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 58.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 91.
Tuesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 57.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 90.