Summer-like temperatures are lingering in Sacramento, despite the start of fall almost three weeks ago.
The National Weather Service is calling for a high temperature of 87 degrees on Saturday and Sunday. Average temperatures for this time of year hover in the low-70s.
“It’s going to be a beautiful, clear and sunny day,” said Cindy Matthews, a forecaster with the weather service in Sacramento.
On Sunday, winds will pick up significantly, averaging 10-15 mph but gusting up to 25 mph. Because of the northerly winds, the weather service has issued a Red Flag warning covering much of the Sacramento Valley that will expire Monday.
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The warning means that critical fire weather conditions are predicted to occur, meaning the possibility of strong winds, low humidity and warm temperatures.
Here’s the seven-day forecast:
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 87. South southeast wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable in the morning.
Saturday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 62. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 87. North northwest wind 8 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Sunday night: Clear, with a low around 60. North wind 8 to 13 mph becoming light and variable in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.
Columbus Day, Monday: Sunny, with a high near 86. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon.
Monday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 62.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 71.
Tuesday night: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59.
Wednesday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 71.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 57.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 59.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.
Call The Bee’s Richard Chang at (916) 321-1018. Follow him on Twitter @RichardYChang.