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Sacramento and Redding saw record-high heat Tuesday ahead of more hot weather across Northern California.
The mercury at the Sacramento Executive Airport hit 89 degrees, matching a 1962 record and soaring above the daily average of 77, according to the National Weather Service.
Downtown Sacramento was even hotter at 90 degrees, but its 1946 record high of 92 degrees remained intact, according to the NWS.
Looking ahead, Sacramento is in for “more well-above-normal temperatures into the weekend,” NWS forecaster Robert Baruffaldi said, although the region will likely not break any records this week.
Sacramento is expected to reach 91 degrees Wednesday, 89 degrees Thursday and 87 Friday, Baruffaldi said.
Meanwhile, Redding Municipal Airport surpassed its year-old record of 88 by 5 degrees, reaching a scorching 93.
Modesto saw a high of 89, well below its record of 95 degrees, according to the NWS.
Fresno, too, was hot – but not that hot. The daily record high is 100 but temperatures peaked at just 89 degrees.
NWS forecaster Jim Bagnall described the weather in Fresno as “unseasonable heat,” but temperatures will likely remain below established records in the days ahead.
Bagnall said it is warmer than normal for this time for year in Fresno, with daily averages hovering somewhere around 77.