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Welcome to the warmest day of 2019. Here’s how hot Sacramento will get before cooldown

It’s going to be a warm one Thursday. You might even break a sweat.

The National Weather Service says a high-pressure system is bringing the warmest temperatures of the year to Sacramento and much of the Valley.

Sacramento’s high on Thursday exceeded the NWS’ forecasts by two degrees, reaching 85.

That’s a scorcher for this time of year, with NWS noting high temperatures throughout interior Northern California will be 10 to 15 degrees above normal. The average for April 18 in Sacramento is 73.

NWS predicts similar high temperatures Friday, then a big cooldown by Saturday, with a high of 71 in the latest forecast and a possibility of light clouds.

Sunday’s high is predicted to be 78 degrees, but moving into next week highs are expected to range from 84 to 87, according to the NWS.

Farther north in the Sacramento Valley, some areas will see a possibility of rain and chances of isolated thunderstorms Friday afternoon and evening.

Michael McGough anchors The Sacramento Bee’s breaking news reporting team, covering public safety and other local stories. A Sacramento native and lifelong capital resident, he interned at The Bee while attending Sacramento State, where he earned a degree in journalism.