Quick spring heat wave pushes high to 90 in downtown Sacramento

A one-day spring heat wave Wednesday came close to tying the record high for the date in downtown Sacramento.

Downtown topped out at 90 degrees, just shy of the record 91 degrees recorded in 1989, said Idamis Del Valle, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

A high of 88 degrees was reported at both Sacramento Executive and Sacramento International airports.

Temperatures are expected to drop significantly Thursday, with a high about 77 degrees forecast for the Sacramento area. By Friday, highs are expected to be in the upper 60s as the first in a series of storms arrives, ushering in a wet weekend.

Although this weather system isn’t expected be as strong as some of the storms earlier in the season, Del Valle said it could deliver a respectable amount or precipitation. The forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of showers Friday, increasing to 50 percent on Saturday.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy