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Clear, dark skies are forecast for meteor shower show in Sacramento

During a previous Perseids meteor shower, this shooting star was seen in August 1997 in the dark skies over Joshua Tree National Park in California.
During a previous Perseids meteor shower, this shooting star was seen in August 1997 in the dark skies over Joshua Tree National Park in California. The ASSOCIATED PRESS

Mostly clear skies and dry weather are predicted for Wednesday night and early Thursday morning when the Perseid meteor shower should be visible in Sacramento.

The days leading up to the celestial event will be mild. Tuesday’s high in Sacramento is expected to reach 89 degrees, which is several degrees below the average for mid-August.

The National Weather Service predicts occasional showers of the Perseid kind peaking at about 1 a.m. Thursday. Meteorologists are crossing their fingers that smoke from fires burning in Lake County won’t obscure viewing. Moonlight, the bane of meteor shower observers, should be minimal.

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Looking ahead, the weather should change as the influence of the low pressure system now off the coast of Oregon wanes and high pressure builds over the desert Southwest. By the weekend, the NSW predicts temperatures near 100 degrees in Sacramento:

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

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 89. Southeast wind 6 to 8 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.

Tuesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 60. Southwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming south-southeast in the evening.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 91. Calm wind becoming southwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday night: Clear, with a low around 60. South wind around 7 mph.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 90. South-southwest wind around 8 mph.

Thursday night: Clear, with a low around 60.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 93.

Friday night: Clear, with a low around 62.

Saturday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 99.

Saturday night: Clear, with a low around 64.

Sunday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 99.

Sunday night: Clear, with a low around 63.

Monday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 97.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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