The Latest – Saturday, July 10
Saturday marked the second hottest day recorded in Sacramento, with the day’s high at 113 degrees in downtown Sacramento.
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(KTXL) — Widespread hot temperatures are expected through Monday, with highs expected to peak near 107 degrees Friday afternoon.
The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys, as well as portions of the Delta and Sierra and foothills.
The warning will be in effect Friday afternoon through Monday evening. Saturday and Sunday are expected to be the hottest during this heat warning period.
By Friday evening, the NWS said downtown Sacramento had recorded a high of 109 degrees, a record high temperature that was last felt in 2002.
Friday and Saturday are Spare the Air days in the Sacramento region, issued when the air quality index is forecast to be 126 or higher.
Drivers in the region are asked to cut back on driving. The Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District also suggests people walk or bike in the morning when pollution levels are low.
Afternoon temperatures will be well above 100 degrees during this period, likely peaking near 110 degrees around Sacramento over the weekend.
Overnight lows will be in the 70s for many communities, with low 80s in the foothill thermal belt region.
NWS Sacramento said, “This upcoming heatwave has some of the most ‘very high’ risk coverage in the Sacramento Valley that many of our meteorologists can recall.”
The “very high” heat risk category means the valley should expect little overnight relief and long-duration heat, NWS Sacramento explained.
Officials are warning residents of all ages to stay indoors and keep hydrated. Pets and livestock are also at high risk for heat-related illnesses.