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February is parched as rain mostly fails to materialize in Sacramento

Signs of spring are making their appearance, including people feeding squirrels during a picnic in William Land Park in Sacramento on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016.
Signs of spring are making their appearance, including people feeding squirrels during a picnic in William Land Park in Sacramento on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016. rbenton@sacbee.com

February is turning out to be a disappointing month when it comes to rainfall in Sacramento.

Usually one of the wettest months of the year, the month has been characterized by warm days in the 70s and blue skies. Normally, February has many more days of gray skies.

The average rainfall in February is 3.82 inches. But as of Sunday only 0.85 of an inch has fallen -- with most of the month already expired.

On only three days has rain been recorded in Sacramento in February 2016: 0.03 on Feb. 2, 0.57 on Feb. 17 and 0.25 on Feb. 18.

Each day that the region comes up dry, Sacramento falls behind in rainfall for the season. Since Oct. 1, the area has received 10.26 inches, which is 75 percent of normal for the season as of late February.

Dry and warm weather is expected to continue through the work week. Look for afternoon temperatures in the 70s, light winds and sunny skies.

The detailed, 7-day forecast from the National Weather Service for the Sacramento region:

Monday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 70. North northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 43. North northwest wind 6 to 8 mph.

Tuesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 70. Light and variable wind.

Tuesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 44. Light and variable wind.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 72. Calm wind.

Wednesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 46.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.

Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 47.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.

Friday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50.

Saturday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 71.

Saturday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 72.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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