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Update: Scattered showers, isolated thunderstorms in valley

Lightning strikes over trees in El Dorado on Friday, June 5, 2015.
Lightning strikes over trees in El Dorado on Friday, June 5, 2015. rbenton@sacbee.com

While there’s a chance that thunderstorms rumbling from the foothills tonight will hit Sacramento, mostly sunny skies are forecast the rest of the weekend.

There is a 20 percent chance of showers or storms for the valley through late Saturday evening, said Karl Swanberg, National Weather Service meteorologist. But as the weekend wraps up, the threat of precipitation will pass and temperatures will rise.

“Once we get through the evening,” Swanberg said, “there’s a summer-like trend in the near future.”

Temperatures in downtown Sacramento hit 90 degrees today, slightly above the average of 86. The warming trend will continue through the end of the weekend as a high-pressure system moves in. Forecasters predict a high of 94 for Sunday. Monday will be mostly clear and hot, with an expected high of 100 degrees.

For the second consecutive evening, scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms are traveling from the foothills toward the Sacramento Valley.

Today’s unsettled weather comes a day after heavy amounts of rain and hail fell in some foothills locations. The storm dumped large amounts of precipitation in the foothills: .84 inches in Pollock Pines, .92 inches in Colfax, .85 inches in Applegate and 1.53 inches in Faucherie Reservoir in Nevada County.

Friday’s storm brought little precipitation to the Sacramento area – .09 inches measured at Sacramento International Airport – walloped the foothills with heavy amounts of hail and rain and sparked a lightning-caused fire in Antelope that caused $50,000 in damage to a home.

The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District said a lightning strike Friday night set two palm trees ablaze in the 4500 block of Country Run Way. The fire spread to the roof of a nearby home, where flames went into the dryer vent and sent flames and smoke billowing into the home. Fire officials said four adults and three children were displaced by the damage. There were no injuries.

Julia Calagiovanni: (916) 321-1136

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