Rainy March is looking decidedly dry in the final half

Windy in Sacramento, snowy in Sierra
Windy in Sacramento, snowy in Sierra National Weather Service

The remainder of March doesn’t look very wet.

In fact, temperatures are expected to steadily rise this week and hit the low 70s by Thursday as a high-pressure system arrives in the Sacramento region, according to the National Weather Service. Average temperatures for this time of year are around 66 degrees, said Travis Wilson, a weather service meteorologist.

“Things are looking nice from here on out,” he said.

Light rain showers Monday brought 0.01 inches to downtown Sacramento. A Sunday storm that fizzled out quickly dumped a measly 0.08 inches.

The two storms bring the seasonal total to 14.87 inches, which is 88 percent of normal for March 21. So, after a rainy first half of March, in which about 4.5 inches of rain soaked Sacramento, rain clouds have pretty much stayed away.

Sunny skies are predicted for the weekend and probably until the end of March, Wilson said.

Richard Chang: 916-321-1018, @RichardYChang