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The week’s heat is finally starting to dissipate, as the day’s highest temperature is expected at just above 90 degrees in the early evening.

The temperature should stay below that in the beginning of the week, before it picks back up into the mid-90’s Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, leaving enough time for parents to enjoy Kids Free Tuesday at the California State Fair.

Residents can expect some early relief Sunday evening, as powerful 10 to 15 mile per hour winds are expected to sweep through as early as 5 p.m.

Coming off a week of near 100 degree temperatures, California’s risk of wildfires remains a concern. The recent arrest of a man who is suspected of flying a drone near the Trailhead fire in early July, which temporarily grounded Cal Fire efforts, is a reminder to be aware of fire service’s warnings during these hot months.

Utility provider SMUD gave infrared thermometers to reporters to help demonstrate the cooling effect of trees. Tree cover can dramatically reduce the cost of cooling homes and businesses.

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

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 91. Southwest wind around 8 mph.

Saturday night: Clear, with a low around 59. Southwest wind 7 to 9 mph becoming south southeast after midnight.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 89. South southwest wind 7 to 9 mph.

Sunday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 58. South wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 86. Southwest wind 9 to 14 mph.

Monday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 58.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 89.

Tuesday night: Clear, with a low around 58.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 92.

Wednesday night: Clear, with a low around 59.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 92.

Thursday night: Clear, with a low around 60.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 95.

As the mercury rises, so does the risk of heat-related illness. An emergency department doctor has tips on how to stay safe in the heat.

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