Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sacramento headed for record for consecutive 90-degree plus days - Sacramento Bee

Sacramento residents today are entering a third straight week of 90-plus temperatures, and National Weather Service officials say the next six days could produce a record.

Johnny Powell, NWS meteorologist, said downtown Sacramento today experienced its 15th day with a high of 90 degrees or above. The warm stretch started Sept. 2. That's just five days short of the record.

In 1899, Sacramento recorded 20 days of 90-plus degrees. That stretch occurred from Sept. 8 through Sept. 27.

Here's the rub for that old record: Sacramento is forecast to continue the warmer daytime highs for perhaps the next six days. The low-90s are about 5 degrees above normal for this time year.

"We're going for the record," Powell said. "If you're going to be warm, you might as well go for the record."

Usually by this time of year, he said, Sacramento residents are treated to a sprinkle or a cool daytime breeze - "something to tease us, to let us know that fall is on the way. But it looks like 90s (plus) through Saturday.

Look for the relief at night, Powell said, as the shorter fall days bring fast nighttime cool-down.

Those nighttime peak temperatures remain in the normal range - in the high 50s to low 60s.

"It's flat-out nice at night," Powell said. "As soon as that sun goes down, it's like, 'Oh, Wow.'"

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