If you're planning to be outdoors for the upcoming Labor Day weekend, be prepared for heat.
California is facing a prolonged late-summer heatwave this week. Temperatures will be in the upper 90s to just over 100 degrees for the next four days in the Sacramento region, with a high of 108 forecasted on Saturday and 111 on Sunday.
Katrina Hand, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento, said these temperatures are unusual for this time of year.
"The normals for the Sacramento area for this time of year are the low 90s,” Hand said. “So we're looking at 15 to 20 degrees above normal over that Saturday, Sunday, Monday time-frame.”
🥵 VERY DANGEROUS HEAT RISK will impact portions of interior #NorCal this Labor Day Weekend. The entire population is at risk. Now is the time to plan ahead for adequate cooling & hydration especially if you have outdoor plans for the holiday weekend! 🌡️#CAwx pic.twitter.com/AXIJScVwvW— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) August 29, 2022
According to Hand, the heat wave may be record breaking. Widespread triple-digit temperatures will affect most of the state through Labor Day weekend. The scorching conditions are being caused by high pressure pushing into the state and making it difficult for onshore flow of marine air.
Temperatures are expected to top 100 degrees in many valley and mountain locations, as well. Forecasters are warning this weather poses an increased health risk.
☀️ With the warming and drying trend this week and over the weekend, we will see very dangerous heat risk and increased fire weather concerns over portions of interior northern California. Follow these tips to practice heat and fire safety! #CAwx pic.twitter.com/DPrkfSdiiN— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) August 29, 2022
"What that means is that heat like this is rare and can be deadly and pretty much the entire population, over the weekend, is at risk for heat-related illnesses," Hand said.
The hot temperatures will also contribute to elevated fire weather conditions since dry fuels and very low humidity could lead to easier fire starts.
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