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Rain, cooler temperatures expected in Sacramento region later this week

A red winged blackbird flies over a field at a farm at sunrise in Arbuckle with the Sutter Buttes in the background on Friday, May 8, 2015. The fair weather represented by the scene will continue before giving way to clouds and possible rain later in the week, forecasters say.
A red winged blackbird flies over a field at a farm at sunrise in Arbuckle with the Sutter Buttes in the background on Friday, May 8, 2015. The fair weather represented by the scene will continue before giving way to clouds and possible rain later in the week, forecasters say. hamezcua@sacbee.com

The sun will shine down bright and warm on the mothers of Sacramento this Mother’s Day, but there is change in the air.

A weakening ridge of high pressure that ordinarily keeps the area warm and dry will give way to gradually cooling temperatures and the chance of rain in the coming week, according to the National Weather Service. Sunday may be the last day high temperatures top 80 degrees for two weeks.

Forecasters said light rains will begin in the northern part of the state, near Redding, on Monday and slowly trickle south, bringing patchy showers to the Sacramento area by late Thursday. The churning moisture in the air appears “unsettled,” said NWS meteorologist Eric Kurth.

The Sierras will likely see snow showers at elevations of 7,000 feet and above.

Kurth said it was unclear how much rain will fall because the weather systems blowing through the state are unstructured and hard to predict.

On Sunday, the mercury was expected to hit 81 degrees under sunny skies with little wind.

Temperatures in the valley will drop as the week goes on – a trend that might last for two weeks, bringing high temperatures down to the low 70s, a few degrees cooler than average, which for this time of year in Sacramento hovers around 79 degrees.

Call The Bee’s Marissa Lang at (916) 321-1038. Follow her on Twitter at @Marissa_Jae.

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