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Pollen, temperatures, winds to rise as Sacramento heads toward weekend

Sacramento region prepares for a tough allergy season

Hay fever may be inevitable, but there are things we can do to prevent it from wrecking our spring. Knowing how to approach the pollen-heavy season is the key.
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Hay fever may be inevitable, but there are things we can do to prevent it from wrecking our spring. Knowing how to approach the pollen-heavy season is the key.

Breezes will blow on Thursday in Sacramento, but winds from the north are expected to pick up considerably on Friday, along with the pollen count.

The National Weather Service is predicting that a morning breeze will rustle leaves on Thursday. The high temperature is expected to be around 74 degrees.

On Friday, the temperature will be about the same. However, weather service meteorologists forecast that the winds will increase to about 20 mph in the afternoon, gusting to as high as 30 mph.

Along with the rising wind speeds, pollen in the air is expected to increase from 8.2 on Thursday to a count of 9 on Friday. A count of 9 is in the medium-high range, according to Pollen.com.

The top allergens putting out all that pollen are oak and mulberry trees and grasses. Airborne pollen is predicted to peak Saturday with a count of 9.8, which is in the high range.

A cool April is forecast to warm into the 80s over the weekend. It won’t be the first 80-degree temperature of the year. The mercury hit 83 degrees on March 14.

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Winds are forecast to increase on Friday. National Weather Service

The detailed, seven-day forecast from the NWS for the Sacramento region:

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. West wind 5 to 11 mph becoming north northwest in the morning.

Thursday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 51. Northwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming southwest in the evening.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 75. Breezy, with a north northwest wind 7 to 12 mph increasing to 17 to 22 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

Friday night: Clear, with a low around 51. North northwest wind 15 to 20 mph decreasing to 9 to 14 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 28 mph.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 80. North northwest wind 9 to 11 mph.

Saturday night: Clear, with a low around 53.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 83.

Sunday night: Clear, with a low around 56.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 84.

Monday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 59.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 85.

Tuesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 59.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 87.

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Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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