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Rain total falls below normal for season in Sacramento

As the National Weather Service forecasts above normal temperatures for the remainder of the week, the seasonal Sacramento rainfall total has officially fallen below normal.

After jumping off to a good start in December when rainfall was way above normal, the Sacramento total now stands at 97 percent of average for the season to Jan. 20. The area has received 9.29 inches of rain, but not a drop since Christmas Eve.

Meanwhile, a persistent high pressure ridge is expected to bring gradually warmer weather this week. The weekend could be very warm in the northern part of the Valley with Redding expected to get a near-record 75 degrees on Saturday.

In Sacramento, the high is expected to reach 64 on both weekend days, which is nearly 10 degrees above normal for late January.

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

Wednesday: Patchy dense fog before 10 a.m. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 59. Calm wind becoming north-northwest around 5 mph in the morning.

Wednesday night: Patchy fog after 10 p.m. Otherwise, increasing clouds, with a low around 42. Light east-southeast wind.

Thursday: Patchy fog before 10 a.m. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 60. Calm wind becoming north-northwest around 6 mph in the morning.

Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 43. North-northwest wind 3 to 6 mph.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 63. North-northwest wind 3 to 6 mph.

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

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 64.

Saturday night: Patchy fog after 10 p.m. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 45.

Sunday: Patchy fog before 10 a.m. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 64.

Sunday night: Patchy fog after 10 p.m. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 44.

Monday: Patchy fog before 10 a.m. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 62.

Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 48.

Tuesday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 60.

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

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