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Rain that dampened region to give way to sunshine, temperatures in 70s

A woman shields herself from the rain as she makes her way down the steps outside Solano Hall at Sac State Wednesday.
A woman shields herself from the rain as she makes her way down the steps outside Solano Hall at Sac State Wednesday. rpench@sacbee.com

The first rain in a more than a month dampened the region from Sacramento to Auburn, but it may be the last the area sees for a while.

As of 7 p.m. Wednesday, downtown Sacramento had recorded 0.16 inches in the last 24 hours and 0.2 inches was reported at Sacramento Executive Airport, said Brooke Bingaman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Those were among the highest figures for the area. Bingaman said the heavier rainfall from this system occurred in the mountains and along the coast.

March had been completely dry in Sacramento. Until Wednesday, Sacramento had not had a drop of rain since Feb. 9 when 0.07 inches was recorded.

Dry weather is expected to return Thursday, with temperatures in the mid-70s. By Saturday, Bingaman said, “we could be flirting with 80 degrees around Sacramento.”

She said there is a chance for a weak storm system on Sunday, but any rain likely would remain north of Sacramento, in the Redding area and in the mountains.

The detailed, seven-day forecast from the NWS for the Sacramento region:

Wednesday night: A 20 percent chance of showers before 11 p.m. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly clear, with a low around 48. Light and variable wind becoming northwest around 6 mph after midnight.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 75. North-northwest wind 9 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

Thursday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 50. Northwest wind 9 to 14 mph becoming light west in the evening.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Light and variable wind.

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

Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 79.

Saturday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 76.

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

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 75.

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

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.

Tuesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 50.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.

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

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