With Sacramento expected to tie a heat record of 106 degrees on Wednesday, the region is bracing for some typically torrid summer weather.
Cooling centers at churches are opening, firefighters will be sweating under their turnout gear on forest fire front lines and the girls of summer will be swinging in the sun at a national softball tournament in Roseville.
The temperature hit 104 degrees on Tuesday, short of the record of 107 set in 1954.
Today is forecast to be the hottest day of the week as a high pressure system beats down on the Sacramento Valley and foothills. The weather conditions have effectively choked off the Delta breeze.
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“There’s a fairly large high pressure system right over the top of us,” said Mike Smith, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Sacramento.
Another 100-degree day is forecast for Thursday, followed by a high of 99 on Friday.
That has prompted faith-based, municipal and non-profit groups to open their doors so that people needing air condition relief can spend some time indoors. Cooling centers:
▪ Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 2620 Capitol Ave. Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 6 p.m.
▪ St. Marks United Methodist Church, 2391 St. Marks Way, Wednesday and Thursday, noon to 7 p.m.
▪ Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive, Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 8 p.m.
▪ Salvation Army, 1200 North B Street, Wednesday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 a.m.
▪ Loaves and Fishes, 1351 North C Street, 7 days a week, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Firefighters continue to battle blazes in the Sierra and around Lake Berryessa. Temperatures are expected to be hot and humidity low, a combination that makes firefighting uncomfortable and provides the potential for fire growth.
“Due to triple-digit temperatures and single-digit relative humidity this fire still has the potential to spread,” stated a fire update on the Wragg fire burning in Napa and Solano counties.
The three-or-four day heat wave is no stranger to Sacramento. The record for consecutive days of 100-degree weather is 11 days, a mark set from July 16 through July 26 in 2006.
Cooling will be somewhat noticeable Friday and over the weekend. However, it will still be hot – in the mid-to-upper 90s in Sacramento.
“We are not looking at a real big cool down,” said Smith.
Wednesday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 106. Calm wind becoming west northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 66. Southwest wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable.
Thursday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 104. South wind 5 to 7 mph.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 67. South wind 7 to 10 mph.
Friday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 99. South southwest wind around 8 mph.
Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 65.
Saturday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 96.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 63.
Sunday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 97.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 64.
Monday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 97.
Monday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 63.
Tuesday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 96.