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Sacramento’s wettest May ever recorded is ending. How warm will it get to start June?

Memorial Day is over, and rising temperatures are expected throughout Northern California as Sacramento concludes its wettest May on record.

The latest forecast for Sacramento shows high temperatures of 81 degrees Tuesday and 85 on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Saturday, the first day of June, is predicted to hit 88. The average high temperature for June 1 in the capital city is 84.

Over Memorial Day weekend, Sunday showers dropped one-tenth of an inch at Sacramento Executive Airport, pushing the monthly precipitation total to 3.17 inches, which is a new record for May according to NWS preliminary measurements.

The Sacramento observation center edged past the 1948 record of 3.13 inches, giving 2019 the wettest May ever on the final rainy day of the month. Downtown Sacramento surpassed a 130-year-old record in mid-May, and has since extended that total to 3.42 inches of rain for the month.

A high of 61 degrees on Sunday was a full 21 degrees cooler than the daily average of 82. Temperatures had also fallen well below average throughout much of the Sacramento Valley earlier in the month.

But warm weather is back with temperatures rebounding closer to normal starting Tuesday and warming up more through the start of next week. Other parts of the Sacramento Valley, such as Redding, could reach 96 degrees Monday, NWS says.

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.