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Sacramento hits 116 degrees for first time in history, breaking 97-year-old heat record

Sacramento Bee 9/7/2022 Rosalio Ahumada, The Sacramento Bee
The temperature reads 116 degrees on a digital sign at the El Dorado Savings Bank on Folsom Boulevard in East Sacramento on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022, the hottest day in the history of the city. The 116-degree record for downtown Sacramento exceeded the previous all-time record for the city, 114 degrees in July 1925, by two degrees. © Nathaniel Levine/The Sacramento Bee/TNS The temperature reads 116 degrees on a digital sign at the El Dorado Savings Bank on Folsom Boulevard in East Sacramento on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022, the hottest day in the history of the city. The 116-degree record for downtown Sacramento exceeded the previous all-time record for the city, 114 degrees in July 1925, by two degrees.

Downtown Sacramento reached an all-time high temperature of 116 degrees Tuesday afternoon, breaking a record that was set nearly 100 years ago.

The now surpassed record of 114 degrees was set on July 17, 1925, the National Weather Service in Sacramento announced in social media posts. Sacramento had already broken heat records over the Labor Day weekend as a lengthy heat wave continued to produce surging temperatures in the region.

But after meeting the record around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, the mercury kept rising — the downtown gauge near Sacramento State rose to 115 just before 4 p.m., according to the weather service. At 5:18 p.m., the weather service announced that downtown Sacramento had just reached 116 degrees.

On Monday, readings around the Sacramento Executive Airport reached 114 degrees on Labor Day, beating the 1988 record of 108 for the date, according to the weather service. Downtown Sacramento on Monday hit a high of 113, beating the 108-degree record also recorded in 1988.

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District was urging its customers to conserve electricity as it “anticipates energy shortfalls” that may lead to rolling power outages Tuesday afternoon or evening, a measure SMUD has not taken in more than two decades.

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