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Close but probably not record-breaking Sacramento heat today

This NOAA satellite image taken Monday, March 9, 2015 at 01:00 AM EST shows a mostly quiet western United States due to a surface ridge that is dominating this portion of the country. Dry, stable conditions have settled into the west causing skies to mostly clear up.
This NOAA satellite image taken Monday, March 9, 2015 at 01:00 AM EST shows a mostly quiet western United States due to a surface ridge that is dominating this portion of the country. Dry, stable conditions have settled into the west causing skies to mostly clear up. AP

Today’s maximum temperature is expected to come close to a record as a high pressure system again influences weather in the Sacramento region.

The high on Sunday in Sacramento was 77 degrees. Monday’s high is expected to be 78.

The record for March 9 was set in 2004 when the mercury hit 81 degrees. Normal for the date is only 66 degrees.

The late-winter warmth should fade some beginning Tuesday when a weak storm system moves into Northern California. A chance of showers is forecast for Tuesday night into Wednesday.

Rainfall amounts are expected to be less than two-tenths of an inch in the Central Valley – less than a tenth in the Sacramento region. Dry weather returns to Northern California on Thursday.

The detailed, 7-day forecast for the Sacramento region from the National Weather Service:

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 78. Calm wind.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 49. Calm wind becoming south southeast around 5 mph after midnight.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. South wind 3 to 5 mph.

Tuesday night: A 20 percent chance of showers after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. Southwest wind 5 to 8 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Wednesday: A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 67. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 74.

Thursday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 49.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 76.

Friday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.

Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 75.

Saturday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 72.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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