It feels a lot like October outside. Record high daytime temperatures. Dropping water levels. And not a drop of rain in the long-range forecast.
On Thursday, the Lodi-Stockton area reached record-breaking temperatures when it hit 65 degrees, according to the National Weather Service, which maintains historical data.
The previous record on that day was 64, set in 2005.
The average daytime temperature this time of year is 52, although last year it was 54.
However, the temperature was down 8 degrees on Friday from the previous day, the NWS reported.
Today is expected to be around 62 degrees under mostly sunny skies, with an overnight low of 35 degrees, according to Accuweather, a private forecasting firm.
Daytime temperatures will remain in the midto low-60s with night-time lows of around 37 degrees through next weekend.
Then, the long-range forecast shows daytime temperatures dropping slightly Monday, Jan. 6, but rain likely won’t reappear in the Lodi area until the end of that work week on Friday, Jan. 10. Overnight lows will be in the mid-40s.
The lack of rain is affecting some bodies of water, such as Folsom Lake near Sacramento, where residents are being asked to conserve as the majority of their water comes from there and it is at less than 25 percent capacity. Water levels at Lodi Lake, however, appear unchanged as that body of water is regulated by the Mokelumne River.
Still, since Jan. 1, 2013, the Stockton-Lodi area has seen just 4.59 inches of rain, as of Friday, the NWS said.
That’s a little more than nine inches below annual normal rainfall of 13.67 inches between that date and Dec. 27. Last year’s precipitation as of Dec. 27 was 13.59 inches.
If no more falls through year’s end, 2013, may be the driest year on record throughout California, according to state weather officials.
The dry conditions are of concern to Cosumnes Fire Chief Tracey Hansen whose district serves the Galt area. They have seen an increase in roadside wildfires in recent weeks, and have been monitoring potential drought conditions.
“If we keep up with the lack of rain, we may be looking at a long fire season next summer,” she said.
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