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Update: Record extended in Sacramento as 70s reign in February

A woman and a child walk under a canopy of flowering trees along Gateway Park Blvd. in North Natomas, February 23, 2016.
A woman and a child walk under a canopy of flowering trees along Gateway Park Blvd. in North Natomas, February 23, 2016. lsterling@sacbee.com

One Sacramento record for the most 70-degree days in February was broken Wednesday – and extended Thursday.

The high temperature at Executive Airport in south Sacramento was 73 degrees on Thursday. That makes a record 14 days in February when the temperature was 70 degrees or warmer at the airport, one of the city’s two official measuring spots along with downtown.

“Normally, it is wet and cool,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Travis Wilson. “Instead, it has been dry and sunny.”

The previous record for the airport was 12 days of 70-degree February weather, a mark set in 1988. Normally, February has just two days in the 70s.

The downtown record is 16 days of 70-degree weather, also set in 1988. So far, there have been 13 days of 70 degrees or more in February downtown in 2016.

It appears that the downtown mark will not be tied or broken before the calendar turns from February to March. The next two days are forecast to have highs of 72 and 70 degrees.

However, on the last two days of this Leap Year month, Sunday and Monday, the afternoon high temperatures are only expected to warm into the high 60s.

A stubborn high-pressure ridge that has hovered over Northern California, warming the Sacramento region and preventing much rain from falling, is the reason behind the 70-degree readings.

“It has been fairly persistent,” said meteorologist Wilson with the Sacramento office of the weather service. “It has been giving us clear skies and dry weather. It sets us up for all these 70-degree days.”

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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