SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Sacramento is in the midst of a spring fling.
Forecast highs through the weekend are all within 1 degree of daily record high temperatures. A streak of temperatures in the 70s could tie or break records mainly set back in 2015 and 2020.
It’s not abnormal to experience 70-degree weather in Sacramento in February. In fact, the average first 70-degree day is Feb. 27th.
But it is abnormal to have a stretch of warmth last this long. These temperatures are more akin to mid-April.
The heat is even higher in Southern California. Los Angeles has a heat advisory in effect Wednesday through Sunday. Highs will be in the range of 85 to 90 degrees. Records are likely to be broken there, too.
This is all happening during what should be the wettest time of the year for California.
Statistically, January is the wettest month of the year in Sacramento, with February at a close second. Sacramento has recorded a measly 0.05 inches since the new year.
The University of California, Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Lab said its Donner Pass site, situated at nearly 6,900 feet in elevation, hit a record number of days without measurable precipitation from December through February. The so-called “meteorological winter” has experienced 32 dry days in a row, the Central Sierra Snow Lab reported. It broke 1990’s record of 31 days.
“This, unfortunately, is another record that we’re going to smash,” the Central Sierra Snow Lab tweeted. “Our next shot at #snow isn’t for another week and it’s not guaranteed.”
The dry and warm weather supports a resurgence of the fire season. Strong winds are expected to start off next week, bringing elevated fire weather concerns.
In a time when the state’s vegetation is usually peak green, it’s already browning in some areas.