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Weekend forecast: Near-record high temperatures today

Tom Cylke

A very warm day on tap as a strong high pressure ridge aloft shifts over the Tahoe area.

Highs today are forecast to reach the mid to upper 80s under sunny skies and light winds. These high temperatures will be approaching record high readings which are 10 to 15 degrees above the seasonal normal.

Lows tonight will be closer to normal with readings in the lower to mid 40s around the lake. The cooler nights are a result of clear skies, light winds and a very dry air mass allowing for maximum radiation cooling.

A major cool down is forecast this weekend with an approaching cold front and low pressure system moving into the Pacific Northwest and northern Great Basin.

Highs on Saturday are expected to stay in the lower to mid 80s ahead of the cold front while winds kick up to 20 to 35 mph from the southwest. Gusty winds will persist Saturday night keeping lows in the the lower to mid 40s.

The cold front moves across the Tahoe area early Sunday accompanied by gusty winds and much cooler temperatures. Highs on Sunday are projected to reach the mid 60s to lower 70s under partly cloudy skies.

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Don’t be surprised to see some showers develop late Sunday into Monday are colder air aloft destabilizes the air mass and brings a dusting of snow to the higher peaks of the Tahoe area.

The unseasonably cool and unsettled weather are forecast to continue into Monday before warming up to normal by mid week. Is summer over or will we see more warm temperatures over the next few weeks?

September is a transition month for weather with fairly large swings in temperatures not uncommon. If your activities are sensitive to weather changes stay tuned to the latest forecasts and warnings from the National Weather Service at weather.gov.

” Meteorologist Tom Cylke can be reached at tcylke@charter.net.