Could Sacramento have its first temperature of 110 degrees in the month of June in 56 years? There’s a good chance.
The National Weather Service early Wednesday forecast a high of 110 degrees on Thursday, but it revised that to 108 degrees Wednesday afternoon.
“On the east side, there is a chance for 109 or 110 degrees Thursday,” said Hannah Chandler, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
Thursday is expected to be the hottest day of current heat wave, although highs likely will hover in the low 100s Friday and Saturday, Chandler said.
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Daytime highs in the triple digits and lows in the 70s or higher have contributed to health concerns. Sacramento County Corner Kimberly Gin said Wednesday that her office is investigating the deaths of three people in the past week as possibly heat related. Each person was found dead outdoors during the heat and had been exposed for an unknown period, she said.
The Coroner’s Office is waiting for test results, which aren’t expected for at least three to six weeks.
“These three people could easily have died from something else and just happened to be outside,” Gin said. “We are just being extra cautious with our investigations during the heat wave.”
Power outages in the Sacramento region left thousands of people without air conditioning Wednesday afternoon. About 16,000 Sacramento Municipal Utility District customers were without power for about 15 minutes beginning at 2:23 p.m. before power was restored to 10,000 customers, SMUD reported.
Citrus Heights was the area hardest hit by the afternoon outages, with 5,748 customers affected. Power was restored to about 4,000 of those customers by 3:30 p.m. and to most of the remainder by about 4:30 p.m.
If Sacramento reaches 110 degrees Thursday, it will be the first time such an extreme temperature has been reached in June since June 15, 1961.
On that date, President John F. Kennedy was in the White House, country singer Patsy Cline was in the hospital after a near-fatal head-on car crash and actor Michael J. Fox was in a crib after being born just six days earlier in Edmonton, Canada.
There have been plenty of hot days in Sacramento. But few have crossed into the 110-degree range.
In total, there have been four days with 110-degree heat or more in June since the weather service began keeping track in 1877:
June 15, 1961: 111 degrees
June 24, 1925: 110 degrees
June 25, 1925: 111 degrees
June 30, 1934: 112 degrees