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Near-record heat Thursday followed by warm and dry weather for Northern California

Temps could reach record highs of mid 90s for Valley locations Thursday and dry weather through the weekend.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The warming trend continues for Northern California, with forecast highs in the low 90s for many lower elevation communities Thursday. 

The record high for Sacramento at the Executive Airport location is 93 degrees, for Stockton the high is 96, and in Modesto is 97. Many locations will not reach records, but it is very warm for this time in April and well above the average in the mid 70s.

Dry weather continues to dominate the forecast with no rain for the next week or so. Some coastal areas may see thick fog and drizzle as the inland heat draws in cooler moist air, but only to the coast.

Highs for Valley locations will be in the upper 80s for Saturday and Sunday and the low 80s for the lower Sierra foothills.

Wind will ramp up Friday, and as grasses continue to dry out, early grassfires are more possible in the afternoons, especially near any recently dried out areas. 

Grassfires have already started in Southern California with windy conditions North of Los Angeles. Evacuation orders were lifted late Thursday in Castaic after the fire burned 650 acres. The National Weather Service says elevated fire danger will continue across Los Angeles and Ventura counties due to very warm and dry conditions and periods of north to northeast winds. The entire state is warm under a ridge of high pressure. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor update released Thursday morning shows 97.5% of California is in some stage of drought.

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