It you thought Monday was hot, just wait until about 5 p.m. Tuesday when the National Weather Service is predicting a high temperature of 106 degrees in Sacramento.
The mercury topped out at 103 degrees on Monday, higher than what forecasters originally thought would be the maximum for the day. A building high pressure and the absence of a Delta breeze elevated the heat beyond the 98 degrees that was forecast early in the day.
Absent the cooling of the breeze, look for above normal temperatures on Tuesday, with Sacramento Valley highs between 103 and 112 degrees. Some record high temperatures could be broken this week, with a good chance of a new mark being set at Redding today.
A high of 109 degrees is forecast for Redding on Tuesday, which is just a degree short of the record set in 2006.
Sierra Nevada thunderstorms could crop up this week, triggered by monsoonal moisture, according to the NWS. Most likely the thunderstorms will occur at the higher elevations starting Thursday.
Weather experts say that there is a possibility that smoke could drift eastward on Tuesday from the Soberanes wildfire south of Monterey.
A cooling trend is forecast for the weekend, but that’s a few 100-degree days away. The detailed, 7-day forecast from the NWS for the Sacramento region:
Tuesday: Widespread haze. Sunny and hot, with a high near 106. South southeast wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the morning.
Tonight: Widespread haze before 11pm. Clear, with a low around 66. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 8 mph in the evening.
Wednesday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 108. South southeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable in the morning.
Wednesday night: Clear, with a low around 65. South wind around 8 mph.
Thursday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 106. Southwest wind around 6 mph.
Thursday night: Clear, with a low around 65.
Friday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 103.
Friday night: Clear, with a low around 66.
Saturday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 99.
Saturday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 61.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 92.
Sunday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 60.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 93.