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Sacramento hit 85 degrees Thursday. It’ll stay hot Friday. How warm will Easter be?

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Sacramento will exceed the daily average temperature by double digits for the second straight day, with a high of 85 degrees in Friday’s forecast before the region cools down significantly Saturday.

Thursday reached a high of 85 as well, which is 2 degrees higher than anticipated that morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Though 85 degrees easily surpasses the daily averages for both dates (73 for April 18 and 74 for April 19), it’s 6 degrees shy of a record for either day. Both days hit 91 degrees in 1939, according to NWS climate data.

A weak weather system will affect Northern California by the weekend, knocking Sacramento’s highs down to 71 degrees Saturday and a pleasant 74 on Easter, current forecasts show. Showers and isolated thunderstorms are expected further north in the Sacramento Valley as well as light rain in the mountains, NWS said. Redding could see up to a half-inch of rain fall Friday through Saturday.

It likely won’t rain in Sacramento or south of the capital, NWS radar forecasts show.

Once the weekend system passes, next week will be even warmer. Highs ranging from 83 to 87 are currently in the forecast Monday through Thursday. The all-time records for those dates range from 92 to 94 degrees.

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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.


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