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Fourth of July will bring ‘bountiful sunshine’ to Sacramento. How hot will it be?

Sparklers and sunshine in Sacramento? Welcome to July.

The capital region has been warm so far this week, but a degree or two cooler than average, according to the National Weather Service.

The latest forecast shows a 90 degree high for Thursday, the Fourth of July. The historical average for the holiday in Sacramento is 91 degrees, according to NWS records.

“Dry and warm weather is expected this week, with bountiful amounts of sunshine for outdoor and holiday activities,” NWS Sacramento tweeted Monday, along with emojis depicting sunshine, sunglasses and fireworks.

Nighttime lows and morning temperatures, however, will be considerably cooler: forecasts call for overnight readings in the mid- to high 50s, a 30-degree cool-down from the afternoons. This is being caused by a “mild air mass” remaining over Northern California during the week, which may depart by the weekend.

Speaking of the weekend, the heat should spike to above-average temperatures later this week, currently forecast for 94 degrees Friday and 96 on Saturday.

Temperatures will be several degrees warmer up north, with Redding reaching 97 degrees Thursday and expected to hit 100 Friday, forecasts show.

Going to the lake?

Conditions at Lake Tahoe look like they’ll be ideal from Fourth of July through the weekend.

Tahoe-area highs will range from the mid- to upper 70s with sunny skies all week around most of the lake. Winds could be gusty Monday and Wednesday, forecasts show.

Throughout the Sierra range, highs will be between the 60s and low 80s this week.

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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.