Record winter rainfall raises potential for summer tragedy
A few records were either tied or broken Wednesday in the Central Valley, including one in Sacramento, as unseasonably hot spring temperatures were the order of the day.
Among the notable high temperature readings was 95 degrees at Sacramento’s Executive Airport. That reading beat the previous high mark of 94 degrees for May 3, which was set in 1990.
The all-time high temperature readings for May 3 were matched in Redding (95) and Stockton (96).
The official temperature gauge for Sacramento along the American River near Sacramento State reached a high of 95 degrees on Wednesday. The official record high for Sacramento on May 3 is 97 degrees, a mark set in 1992.
The National Weather Service is forecasting a slight cool down Thursday in Sacramento, with an expected high of 89 degrees.
Significant temperature cooling is predicted to occur Thursday night and Friday as cool marine air heads to the valley. The weekend gets even cooler with temperatures possibly dipping into the high 60s.
The weather service also notes that the change in the weather could include a slight chance of showers over the weekend.
The detailed, seven-day forecast from the NWS for the Sacramento region:
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 89. Calm wind becoming south southwest 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 57. South southeast wind around 10 mph.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. South wind 9 to 11 mph.
Friday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 51. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 69. West northwest wind 6 to 8 mph.
Saturday night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.
Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 67.
Sunday night: A slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 51.
Monday: A slight chance of showers before noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.
Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 52.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 54.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.