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Lodi temperatures may be cooler than foothills as chilly weather sweeps in

Micke Grove Zoo employees: Animals could struggle with the winter weather

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Posted: Saturday, November 23, 2013 12:00 am

Lodi’s nights will be slightly colder than the foothills’ this weekend.

The area’s temperature will reach about 61 degrees on Saturday, but should drop to 36 degrees Saturday night. Sunday will see a 62-degree day and 34 degree evening, and Monday is expected to be about 63 degrees during the day and 36 degrees in the evening, according to AccuWeather.com, a private weather forecasting service.

Lodi will see roughly the same low-60s daytime temperatures as cities in Amador County, but will likely be a bit chillier overnight, in the high 30s compared to the foothills’ low 40s.

The cold weather will bring a chill to the animals at Micke Grove Zoo this weekend, many of which are not used to lower temperatures.

Carrie McMorris, an animal care specialist at the zoo, said most of the animals hail from tropical climates and need special consideration to keep their homes comfortable in the cold.

“Most of our animals will have access to indoor den areas that will be heated and kept at about 80 degrees,” she said. “Many of our birds, though, will have heat lamps in their aviaries.”

McMorris added that some animals, such as the lemurs, are typically kept outdoors during the day. But with the dropping temperatures, the door to their nighttime holding areas will be left open so they can venture in and out.

She said that many of the animals tend not to set foot outside when the weather is too cold.

“We have a Capuchin (monkey) that’s 45 years old,” she said. “And she stays indoors a lot of the time when the weather gets like this.”

Animals in the foothills will be faring a bit better.

Amador City is expected to reach 62 degrees during the days all weekend, and drop to 41 degrees both Saturday and Sunday nights. The town will likely be about the same temperature as Lodi on Monday and Tuesday during the day, but a couple degrees warmer than Lodi on Monday evening, at 38 degrees.

Tuesday night will be the biggest difference in temperature between the two regions, with Lodi at a low 38 degrees, while Amador City will see a 44-degree evening, according to Accuweather.com.

Jackson, Ione and Sutter Creek will all average about 39 degrees at night through Tuesday, while Plymouth will be the warmest at 41 degrees at night.

That’s a bit of a drop from last year, when the temperatures were more mild.

Between Nov. 23 and 26 of last year, Lodi averaged 66 degrees during the day and 43 overnight.

Amador City, Sutter Creek and Plymouth all averaged 64 degrees during the day and 38 degrees at night during the same period last year. Jackson and Ione were slightly warmer, with temperatures averaging 67 degrees during the day and 37 degrees in the evening.

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