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Hottest week of the year? Forecasts expect triple-digit heat for Sacramento

Weather forecast: Watch this heat map go from red hot to mellow yellow by Friday

Triple-digit heat returns to much of Northern California on August 12, 2019, through Thursday, but cools by Friday and into the weekend. This forecast map shows just how hot we'll get. And how cool.
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Triple-digit heat returns to much of Northern California on August 12, 2019, through Thursday, but cools by Friday and into the weekend. This forecast map shows just how hot we'll get. And how cool.

The weekend may have fooled you into thinking summer heat was winding down. No such luck for Sacramento.

In fact, the most recent National Weather Service forecasts predict it could be the hottest week of the year. The capital could reach 104 degrees by the middle of the week, as temperatures warm up across interior Northern California.

Forecasters predict a high of 98 degrees Monday and about 100 Tuesday in Sacramento. Wednesday could hit 104 degrees and Thursday may peak around 103, before a significant weekend cool-down brings a high of just 94 on Friday, NWS predicts.

That’s right: Sacramento could get three days of triple-digit heat this week. The city has only had six so far all summer – four in June and two in July – according to readings at Sacramento Executive Airport.

A high of 104 would match the hottest day of the year, which came July 28, according to NWS. The record for Wednesday’s date (Aug. 14) is 106 degrees in Sacramento, set in 1967; the record for Aug. 15 is 104, also set in 1967.

In a bit of a rarity, the projected temperatures see Sacramento getting as hot or hotter than the northern Sacramento Valley. Temperatures will be very similar through this week in Redding, where temperatures usually top the capital by a few degrees during hot spells.

The same hot stretch will see South Lake Tahoe heat up to a high of about 86 degrees Wednesday, likely cooling back down to the low 80s or high 70s by the weekend.

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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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