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Surprise splash of morning rain hits Sacramento on day expected to reach 96 degrees

If you blinked – or were indoors – you may have missed it, but a light bout of rain fell throughout the Sacramento area Wednesday morning.

The National Weather Service tweeted photos from its office in Arden Arcade, where it says raindrops fell around 9 a.m.

More than a half-dozen Facebook and Twitter users also claimed they saw a few minutes of moderate rainfall across various parts of the city, including downtown and south Sacramento, shortly before 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Wednesday was expected to reach an afternoon high around 96 degrees, according to the latest NWS forecast.

NWS in a tweet said the rain came from clouds called altocumulus castellanus, and that it is unusual for these drops to reach the ground without evaporating. Such clouds often precede afternoon thunderstorms, the weather service said.

The NWS warned Tuesday that a midweek weather system in Northern California could bring thunderstorms to the northern Sacramento Valley, as well as the mountains.

“Thunderstorms with little rainfall are possible this afternoon through tomorrow for portions of #NorCal,” the NWS Sacramento office tweeted at 9:30 a.m.

Temperatures in Sacramento were around 67 degrees as of that time with some cloud coverage, according to the NWS website, which still predicts a 96-degree afternoon high.

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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.