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Warm Temperatures Mark First Day Of Spring

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Friday is the first day of Spring, and it will be a warm one.

Yesterday downtown Sacramento tied a record high temperature at 83 degrees set in 2004.

For Friday, the highs will reach about 76 degrees, about ten degrees above normal for this time of year.

The vernal equinox officially starts around 3:45 p.m.

Mike Smith is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, and he says there's a reason why spring starts mid-afternoon.

"That's just the time when the sun crosses over the equator," says Smith. "It's the day where the days and nights are fairly close to each other in length of time."

The Weather Service also says a light rain storm will pass over Sacramento Sunday night into Tuesday. They forecast about two tenths of an inch will fall next week. 

-Capital Public Radio Staff