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Cooler temperatures, improved air quality next week

The Sacramento region can expect comparatively cooler temperatures Saturday and into next week following a stretch of triple digit temperatures, according to the National Weather Service.

Air quality, too, should improve, but the regional will continue to see smoke from the Butte fire, which has consumed over 64,000 in Calaveras and Amador counties as of Saturday.

Earlier this week, smoke from the Rough fire near Fresno combined with smoke from the Butte fire and pushed the air quality index above 100 — an unhealthy level for the elderly, small children and those with breathing challenges. The current index reading is 97.

The index is expected to continue to drop over the next few days due to a strong westerly wind that is expected to push the smoke out of the Central Valley.

Saturday’s forecast calls for a high of 95 degrees. Increased cloud cover will keep the region slightly cooler today and tomorrow and then, beyond the weekend a series of low pressure systems will drive temperatures even further down for next week, the NWS said.

The cooler air is expected to bring showers and even thunderstorms over the mountains.

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

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 95. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Saturday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. South wind 6 to 11 mph.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 92. South wind 6 to 8 mph.

Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. South wind around 9 mph.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. South southwest wind around 11 mph.

Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 60.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 81.

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

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.

Wednesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 60.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.

Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 62.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.

Mariam Baksh: 916-321-1673, @MariamBaksh

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