Sacramento hot again before temperatures drop: ‘This ain’t Phoenix’

Sacramento’s early-September heat spell will continue Sunday, but by Monday temperatures should be back down to seasonal normals.

The National Weather Service forecasts a local high of 99 degrees this afternoon, making this potentially the first day since midweek that the high won’t top 100. Saturday’s high downtown was 104 degrees, tying the record for that date.

“We can’t keep it up forever, this ain’t Phoenix,” meteorologist Johnnie Powell said.

Temperatures are expected to drop into the high to mid-80s through the work week, before ratcheting up next weekend into the low 90s, according to the weather service. Nighttime lows will be in the low 60s, and may dip into the 50s.

Notably, forecasters say there is a slight chance of rain showers in the Lake Tahoe area on Wednesday and Thursday.

“It’s a very slight chance of a thunderstorm, but we can’t cross it out,” Powell said.

National Weather Service weekly forecast for downtown Sacramento as of 9 a.m. Sunday:

Sunday - Sunny and hot, with a high near 99. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Sunday night - Mostly clear, with a low around 66. Light and variable wind becoming south-southeast around 6 mph in the evening.

Monday -Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. South-southwest wind 7 to 10 mph.

Tuesday - Sunny, with a high near 87. South-southwest wind around 6 mph.

Wednesday - Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.

Thursday - Sunny, with a high near 84.

Friday - Sunny, with a high near 91.

Saturday - Sunny, with a high near 92.