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Scorching heat Thursday set a record in Sacramento. When do we get a break?

How these football players are keeping cool during practice

The football team at Monterey Trail High School uses sprinklers during practice to beat the heat on Tuesday August 13, 2019, in Elk Grove. The water helps keep the player's core temperatures down, according to Mustangs Coach T.J. Ewing.
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The football team at Monterey Trail High School uses sprinklers during practice to beat the heat on Tuesday August 13, 2019, in Elk Grove. The water helps keep the player's core temperatures down, according to Mustangs Coach T.J. Ewing.

Relief is coming, but forecasters say you’ll still be sweating Friday.

Yes, believe it or not, Friday’s expected high of about 102 degrees should be a slight but noticeable cool-down after Sacramento broke a daily record Thursday.

The mercury at Sacramento Executive Airport read 105 degrees in the afternoon, breaking a 52-year-old record for Aug. 15 by 1 degree, according to the National Weather Service. Downtown Sacramento reached an even-more-scorching 107 degrees, just shy of the 108-degree mark that’s stood as the record since 1920.

Those temperatures might make the weekend feel like a blizzard. OK, maybe not a blizzard, but it’ll be much cooler.

Sacramento is expected to reach only 93 degrees Saturday and a relatively chilly 87 Sunday, warming back up slightly to the low 90s next Monday. Saturday evening may see wind gusts up to 18 mph, according to NWS forecasts.

Even hotter than Sac

Thursday’s hot spell obliterated the daily record at Travis Air Force Base with a high temperature of 109. The previous record was just 100 degrees, set in 1951.

Stockton also squeaked past a daily record: 106 degrees Thursday, breaking the mark of 105 degrees set Aug. 15, 1967, the same day of Sacramento’s felled record.

Though they weren’t record-breaking, Red Bluff (110 degrees), Redding (109) and Modesto (104) all came within three degrees of the date’s all-time high.

Michael McGough anchors The Sacramento Bee’s breaking news reporting team, covering public safety and other local stories. A Sacramento native and lifelong capital resident, he interned at The Bee while attending Sacramento State, where he earned a degree in journalism.
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