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Thursday’s high temperatures in Sacramento topple records

Onlookers watch as artists work on chalk sidewalk art during the 25th annual Chalk It Up Festival during Labor Day at Fremont Park.
Onlookers watch as artists work on chalk sidewalk art during the 25th annual Chalk It Up Festival during Labor Day at Fremont Park. aseng@sacbee.com

Sacramento sweltered its way to new records Thursday, topping previous high temperatures for the date downtown and at Sacramento Executive Airport.

A high of 107 degrees was recorded downtown, surpassing the previous record for Sept. 10 of 103 degrees set in1888, said Nathan Owen, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

A high of 106 degrees was reported at Sacramento Executive Airport, 4 degrees above the previous record of 103 degrees in 1953.

Owen said similar conditions are forecast for Friday, with highs in the Sacramento area around 105 degrees.

Cooling is expected to begin Saturday, with highs dropping out of the triple digits.

A high-pressure ridge is forecast to shift inland Friday, then continue a path eastward. That shift will likely allow temperatures to decline, according to the weather service.

By Wednesday, daytime highs are expected to drop to near or below normal in Sacramento.

Cathy Locke and Bill Lindelof

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