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Hot temps, wind, low humidity spark red flag warning for Sacramento area

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The National Weather Service issued on Saturday a red flag warning for interior Northern California, meaning that critical fire weather conditions are expected through this evening.

The combination of winds, low humidity and hot temperatures in the Sacramento Valley lately have contributed to the fire danger. The NWS has already reported gusts of about 20-30 miles per hour across the valley and surrounding foothills Saturday morning, though the winds are expected to decrease by nighttime. The warning will remain in effect until 6 p.m.

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Breezy winds will continue throughout the area Saturday, resulting in another day of low humidity. Though the winds are expected to drop by evening, humidity recovery will remain poor. Light winds will continue through Sunday and early next week, and the region will likely remain hot and dry.

The NWS forecasts a high of 99 degrees on Saturday, though forecasters predict triple digit temperatures for the following three days.

The detailed 7-day forecast from the NWS for the Sacramento region:

Saturday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 99. Northwest wind 6 to 8 mph.

Tonight: Clear, with a low around 60. Northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable.

Sunday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 100. South southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning.

Sunday Night: Clear, with a low around 61. West wind 5 to 8 mph becoming south in the evening.

Monday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 102. South southeast wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable in the morning.

Monday Night: Clear, with a low around 63.

Tuesday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 104.

Tuesday Night: Clear, with a low around 63.

Wednesday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 104.

Wednesday Night: Clear, with a low around 61.

Thursday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 97.

Thursday Night: Clear, with a low around 59.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 95.

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