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Shifting winds could bring smoky air to foothills, valley

Shifting winds may bring some of the King fire smoke into the foothills and Sacramento Valley on Friday.

The National Weather Service said smoke from the American River canyon country could sink into the valley, making for some unhealthy air. The forecast calls for temperatures in the 80s for the next 7 days.

No measurable rain was recorded during the passage of a weather system Thursday in Sacramento, although the NWS said that about a quarter of an inch fell in some mountain locations. The weather service noted what it called “an unfortunate stat” of the day:

On Thursday, the Sacramento River stage level registered at 3.6 feet at the I Street Bridge in downtown Sacramento. The lazy, shallow river is a reminder of what several years of drought can produce.

Forecasters said the last time the river was running at a high level was during a period of heavy rain in December 2012 when 6.46 inches of precipitation fell in Sacramento. Here’s the mostly rain-free forecast for the Sacramento region from the NWS:

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 89. Calm wind becoming west northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 62. West wind 6 to 9 mph becoming south southeast after midnight.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 88. South southwest wind around 6 mph.

Saturday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 60. South wind around 7 mph.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 87. South wind around 6 mph.

Sunday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 60.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 89.

Monday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 61.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 88.

Tuesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 61.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.

Wednesday night: A slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 62.

Thursday: A slight chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

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