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Gusty 30 mph winds Friday before warm Sacramento weekend

Windy weather for the north state
Windy weather for the north state National Weather Service

Temperatures in the 80s are expected on the weekend in Northern California, but, before the abnormally warm temperatures, hold onto your hat for some windy weather.

The National Weather Service is predicting northerly winds will whip through the Sacramento Valley today. Winds are expected to peak in the afternoon when gusts could top out at around 37 mph in Sacramento.

The high wind could cause travel difficulties in the Sacramento Valley and the Delta for high-profile vehicles, warns the NWS. Along with increasing winds, the weather service predicts rising temperatures.

The high on Thursday reached a pleasant 70 degrees in Sacramento. Today, according to forecasters, look for a high of 75 degrees.

The warm-up does not stop there. High pressure building over Northern California is expected to produce very warm weekend springtime temperatures.

Highs on Saturday, Sunday and Monday are all forecast to be in the 80s. The detailed, 7-day forecast from the NWS for the Sacramento region:

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 75. Breezy, with a north northwest wind 8 to 13 mph increasing to 21 to 26 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 37 mph.

Tonight: Clear, with a low around 49. Breezy, with a north northwest wind 18 to 23 mph decreasing to 7 to 12 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 82. North northwest wind 6 to 9 mph.

Saturday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 51. Northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm after midnight.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 85. Light and variable wind.

Sunday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 56.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 87.

Monday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 54.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

Tuesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 52.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.

Wednesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 52.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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