It took a little bit longer than usual, but summer has finally arrived in Northern California.
A heatwave is descending on NorCal today, with temperatures expected to reach triple digits this afternoon. It’s the first sign of summer weather, since we saw rain for much of May and even witnessed rare snowfall and hailstorms during Memorial Day Weekend.
Per usual, Redding leads the charge when it comes to heat, forecast to hit 101 degrees today. Other towns forecast for triple digits are along the I-5 corridor, with Corning, Williams and Willows all set to see above 100 degrees. Sacramento and Chico are forecast for 98 degree temperatures.
With snowpack in the Sierra Nevada sitting at a hefty 200 percent of historical average, these temperatures could bring significant snow melt, meaning high flows on NorCal waterways. In fact, the California Department of Water Resources is even preparing to use the Oroville Dam spillway this week.
While temperatures will taper off on Thursday through Sunday, triple digits will return to NorCal early next week.
Here we go. Restock your sunscreen, knock the dust off your air conditioner and drink a lot of water. Summer’s finally here.