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Sacramento temperatures remain above average; winds pick up Sunday

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.

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.

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