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Brace Yourselves: A Heat Wave is Descending Upon Northern California

Sunset over the Sacramento River

The summer has been mild so far, a welcomed sight for NorCal locals who have experienced extreme weather patterns over the past year. But temperatures are about to begin rising and Northern California is about to see the significant heat only seen during this time of year.

Temperatures up to 109 degrees are expected to hit this weekend and, per usual, Redding will experience the hottest temperatures of the week, with highs of 109 degrees on both Saturday and Sunday. Chico and Sacramento are not far off from that, with a forecast of 107 and 106 degrees this weekend.

For anyone dreading the heat, you can always take a road trip to Tahoe (85 degrees) or Eureka (66 degrees) for significantly lower temperatures throughout the weekend. While the valley will be significantly hot, the mountains and coastline will be perfectly moderate all weekend long.

With high temperatures, it’s important to stay hydrated and avoid the fast moving water that has proven so dangerous this summer. High temperatures make the mountain snowmelt move quickly into waterways, causing water temperatures to cool significantly and raise water levels. The swift water has caused multiple deaths on the Yuba and American Rivers, and officials had to perform rescue operations for over 30 people last weekend on the American River.

Of course, these temperatures are not foreign to NorCal, and rather a sign of the late summer months. If you’re looking to stay cool, you can beat the heat with these 5 Summer Swimming Holes.

Here are the forecasts for NorCal for the weekend:

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2 Comments

  1. You left out the hugest city in all of Northern California???? Not a very helpful article for the millions in the South Bay.

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