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Cool temps prelude to hot weekend

For those who enjoy moderate temperatures, root for low-pressure systems.

Such a system hovering in the atmosphere roughly above the Sierra foothills is bringing high temps in the mid to low 80s in the front portion of the week, said National Weather Service Meteorologist Tom Dang.

“It’s not bad at all considering it’s the middle of July,” Dang said.

Tuesday’s high is 80 degrees, Dang said, but the low pressure will begin to evacuate with the mercury rising in its wake.

Temperatures will rise to the mid-90s by Thursday and Friday and Saturday will feature temperatures in the upper 90s in the lower portions of the foothills.

“It’ll be pretty toasty,” Dang said. “Enjoy the cool weather while you can.”

A slight monsoonal flow is active in Arizona and Southern California, and moisture can creep north up the spine of the Sierra Nevada, Dang said, but dry weather is likely to prevail for the near-term.

Water flows in Northern California rivers are low but normal for the time of the year, and reservoir levels are lower than normal but not alarmingly so.

“We should be in decent shape through the end of the year,” Dang said.

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Renda, email or 530-477-4239.