Depending on where you were in Sacramento on Monday, temperatures either tied or topped the record of 76 set for the same date back in 1977, but come midweek, temperatures will drop, rain will douse the Valley and a foot or two of snow will cover the Sierra Nevada.
National Weather Service forecaster Brooke Bingaman said Monday that the temperature at Sacramento Executive Airport reached 78 degrees, while in downtown, the high was 76.
“Sometimes with airports,” Bingaman said, “temperatures are higher because of all the asphalt from the runways. That can soak up the sun and make that area a little warmer.”
Tuesday’s temperatures also are expected to be in the mid-70s. Right now, there’s high pressure sitting over California, Bingaman said, but that’s actually going to shift eastward, and a storm system will move in by Wednesday and Thursday. That will bring cooler temperatures in the low 60s. While it looks as though that system will mainly affect Wednesday and Thursday, there is a weaker system that could affect Saturday.
The detailed, 7-day forecast from the NWS for the Sacramento region:
Tonight: Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 49. North wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Tuesday: Patchy fog before 10am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 74. Calm wind.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 55. Calm wind.
Wednesday: Rain, mainly after 10am. High near 66. South southeast wind 8 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Wednesday night: Rain. Low around 49. South wind 16 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
Thursday: A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 62.
Thursday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49.
Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 62.
Friday night: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46.
Saturday: Patchy fog. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 65.
Saturday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 46.
Sunday: Patchy fog. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 70.
Sunday night: Clear, with a low around 47.
Feb. 22: Patchy fog. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 73.