Clouds gave way to sunshine Saturday afternoon in Sacramento, and the result was record-breaking high temperatures in the area, according to the National Weather Service.
The high temperature in downtown Sacramento hit 85 degrees, eclipsing the old record of 83 set in 2004, said Karl Swanberg, weather service forecaster . It was the first time in 2015 that the capital city broke the 80-degree mark. Stockton and Modesto also hit new records for the date at 84 degrees.
“We got a little bit warmer than expected today. We got more sunshine than expected,” Swanberg said.
The unseasonably toasty temperatures are the result of a high-pressure system in Southern California that is making its presence felt throughout the state.
Warm temperatures are keeping precipitation away and drought conditions intact. Sacramento is at at 73 percent of normal for the water year that began in October.
“If we really want to bust the drought, we want to be closer to 150 and 200 percent of normal,” said forecaster Tom Dang.
Little in the immediate forecast offers hope for that. Sunday in Sacramento will see increasing cloudiness. Tuesday, St. Patrick’s Day, will bring a slight chance of rain showers.
Here’s the seven-day forecast:
Saturday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. South wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 13 to 18 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 28 mph.
Sunday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. Southwest wind 6 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.
Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 74. Northwest wind 5 to 11 mph.
Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 53.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.
Tuesday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51.
Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 73.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 49.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 48.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.
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