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Downtown heats up on last day of summer

Bill Cose relaxed in his portable chair under the shady trees at Land Park last week in Sacramento, Calif.
Bill Cose relaxed in his portable chair under the shady trees at Land Park last week in Sacramento, Calif. rpench@sacbee.com

The last day of spring was a hot one, with temperatures nearing 100 degrees in the Sacramento Valley. The heat is expected to ease off, though, on Sunday for Father’s Day, with a high of 87 – 12 degrees cooler than today’s high of 99.

“We have a trough (of cool air) moving in to help us off tomorrow,” explained meteorologist Robert Baruffaldi of the National Weather Service.

Fire danger remains high in wooded areas throughout Northern California, safety officials warned. Exacerbated by drought conditions, a large brush fire in steep canyons in Madera County swept into its third day today, burning 860 acres and destroying three outbuildings. CalFire officials reported that the Corrine fire was 25 percent contained Saturday evening.

Two small brush fires were reported this morning in Rio Linda.

Due to elevated ozone levels, air quality officials designated today a Spare the Air day.

Temperatures will climb again into the mid 90s later this week. Forecaster Jim Mathews of the National Weather Service said the temperature might reach 100 next Saturday.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 57. South wind 9 to 11 mph.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 87. South wind around 10 mph.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 89. South wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable in the morning.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 94.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 94.

Thursday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 96.

Friday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 97.

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