Sacramento is a lot cooler right now than it was this time last year, when the capital city broke heat records in early September.
We aren’t complaining, but we were curious: How do they compare?
September temperatures this year are averaging 75.2 degrees, according to the National Weather Service website. Last year, the average was 78.4 degrees.
Downtown Sacramento has only hit a high of 96 degrees so far this month, compared to last year’s 116 degrees on Sept. 6.
“We have seen a significant cooling if we compare the last two years,” said Dakari Anderson, a National Weather Service meteorologist.
The big difference between this year and last: In 2022, a severe heat wave swept through the region in September, pushing average temperatures higher.
People are more susceptible to experiencing heat exhaustion or heat stroke during a heat wave — and communal infrastructure is also compromised, according to the weather service website, due to the increased usage of electricity the electrical grid. Extended periods of intense heat also increase the risk of wildfires.
Last year, the Mosquito fire burned through nearly 70,000 acres in El Dorado and Placer counties, starting in the first half of September.
In 2022, downtown Sacramento reached triple-digits numbers a total of 44 times over the span of the year, according to the weather service. Nine of those 100-plus-degree days were in September.
The first 100-degree day was at the end of May.
This year, the Sacramento has reached temperatures of 100 degrees or more a total of 23 times, according to the weather service. And, so far, for September, the station has not reached a triple-digit day.
The first 100-degree day was at the end of June.
“The month of September still isn’t over,” Anderson said. “There is still room for the monthly average for this year to waver up and down just depending on what happens the next 17 days.”
What does the forecast say this week?
Temperatures in Sacramento are forecast to remain below the triple-digit threshold.
Temperature highs will be in the upper 80s and low 90s through the week, according to the weather service five-day forecast. The hottest day in the forecast is Wednesday.
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