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A real scorcher forecast for the start of the U.S. Senior Open in Sacramento

Kevin Sutherland practices earlier this month at Del Paso Country Club, the Senior Open site – and his home course.
Kevin Sutherland practices earlier this month at Del Paso Country Club, the Senior Open site – and his home course. rpench@sacbee.com

The first day of the U.S. Senior Open in Sacramento on Thursday is also expected to be the hottest day of the week.

A warmup begins today with a high of 94 degrees forecast. On Thursday, the first day the pros start swinging in actual competition after several days of practice, the National Weather Service expects the golfers will be laboring in 103-degree weather. The tournament is being held at Del Paso Country Club.

Fans can bring in one sealed, clear bottle of water, 24-ounces or less.

The cause of the heat wave is a strong high pressure system building across the region. It looks like the hottest days will be Thursday and Friday. The last two days of the golfing championship for the seniors will be cooler with highs on the weekend expected to be in the mid-to-low 90s.

The detailed, 7-day forecast from the NWS for the Sacramento region:

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 95. Light and variable wind becoming west around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: Clear, with a low around 58. West southwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming south southeast after midnight.

Wednesday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 96. Southwest wind 5 to 7 mph.

Wednesday night: Clear, with a low around 62. South wind 5 to 9 mph.

Thursday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 103. Light south southwest wind.

Thursday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 66.

Friday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 96.

Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 65.

Saturday: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94.

Saturday night: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 61.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 93.

Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 62.

Monday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 96.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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