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No sweat: After 2 days near 100 degrees, Sacramento could hit low 70s by weekend

Brace yourself for perhaps one last hot day, Sacramento.

The latest National Weather Service forecast for Wednesday predicts the capital will hit an afternoon high of 99 degrees, as it did on Tuesday.

That would be 1 degree shy of the all-time daily record. The thermometer hit 100 degrees on Sept. 25, 1975. The average high for the date is just 85 degrees.

The near triple-digit heat comes on the third day of fall. The highest recorded temperature on an autumn day in Sacramento is 104 degrees (Sept. 26, 1963, and Oct. 2, 2001).

The midweek hot spell will die down quickly, with a max of 92 degrees in Thursday’s forecast cooling to 81 by Friday and then to the low- to mid-70s by Saturday or Sunday, according to the NWS.

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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.