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Sacramento triple-digit heat streak ending but 100-degree days adding up

Fire-risk due to predicted chance of lightning strikes
Fire-risk due to predicted chance of lightning strikes National Weather Service

The Delta breeze is back and the heat wave is over in Sacramento.

So far, the city has had 13 days of 100-degree heat or more this summer, which is about on par for the usual summer. The average number of 100-degree readings or higher is 23 in Sacramento.

The most recent heat wave delivered days of 104, 108 and 101 this week. A hint of Delta breeze was moving the leaves this morning, providing a hint that today’s weather won’t be a scorcher.

The high today is expected to be 95 degrees in Sacramento. The weekend looks similarly mild with a high of 95 on Saturday and 91 Sunday.

The cooler weather is due to a low pressure system off the coast. Monsoon moisture is predicted to bring an increased chance of thunderstorms to the Sierra Nevada.

The main threat that will accompany the storm chances is increased forest fire risk from lightning strikes.

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

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 95. South southwest wind 6 to 10 mph.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. South wind 9 to 13 mph.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 95. South southwest wind 8 to 10 mph.

Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. South wind 9 to 11 mph.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 91. Southwest wind 7 to 9 mph.

Sunday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 62.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 90.

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

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 91.

Tuesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 59.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 92.

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

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 93.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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