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Soggy December gives way to a dry January in Sacramento

The precipitation that fell so plentifully in December came to an abrupt stop at Christmas.

Sacramento has not had a drop of rain since Dec. 24 when 0.08 of an inch fell, a span of 11 days. No rain is forecast for this week, continuing a trend that does not bode well for recovery from the multi-year drought.

In December, Sacramento received 7.63 inches of rain. A normal December only gets an average of 3.48 inches.

January is also usually a wet month in Sacramento. A normal January gets 3.97 inches. But so far the city has gotten nada, zilch, zero in the way of rain this month.

A once-promising weather system with potentially widespread showers that was forecast for the Sacramento region late this week has weakened into nothing more than what will probably be rainless clouds, according to the National Weather Service.

Generally dry and mild weather is expected into the weekend, according to government forecasters. However, there is a hint of another weather disturbance passing through Sunday night into next Monday that could carry light precipitation.

Not the forecast a thirsty Northern California would prefer.

The detailed, 7-day forecast from the NWS for the Sacramento region:

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. Calm wind.

Tonight: Patchy dense fog after 10pm. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 38. Calm wind.

Tuesday: Patchy dense fog before 10am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 61. Light north northwest wind.

Tuesday night: Patchy fog after 10pm. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 41. Light north northwest wind.

Wednesday: Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 63. Light north northeast wind.

Wednesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 43.

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 62.

Thursday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46.

Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 59.

Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 45.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 60.

Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 44.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 58.

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

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