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Warm weather ahead, following record highs

Northern California is in line for yet another week of unseasonably high temperatures after hitting record highs in several areas Friday and Saturday.

Forecasters are expecting a 74-degree high today in Sacramento, just a couple of notches below 1977’s record 76-degree high. That should be followed by several more days in the low 70s, according to the National Weather Service. Sacramento will see some patchy morning and night fog most days this week, but that will burn off quickly.

The Tahoe and Reno areas broke heat records again Saturday. South Lake Tahoe peaked at 62 degrees, three degrees higher than the previous record, which was set just last year. The same goes for Reno, where temperatures at the airport hit 72 degrees, beating the mark set last year by three degrees.

“There is certainly the possibility that more records fall,” said Karl Swanberg, National Weather Service forecaster.

It may not look like it, but it’s a battle zone above, he said. A strong high-pressure ridge has parked itself over Sacramento, forcing wet weather away to the north.

“It is much the same pattern we’ve had much of the year,” he said. It may be disappointing for drought watchers, but it isn’t rare. “It is not unusual in the wintertime to have these periods of dry conditions.”

Call The Bee’s Tony Bizjak, (916) 321-1059.

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