FAIRFIELD — Temperatures plunged early Tuesday to a record low for the day, the second such record low during the weeklong cold spell.
Mike Pechner of Golden West Meteorology in Cordelia said the overnight low at Travis Air Force Base was 24 degrees. It was recorded shortly before 1 a.m. and again just before 3 a.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. The previous record low of 30 degrees was recorded in 2006, Pechner said.
A record low was also recorded early Friday at Travis Air Force Base – 21 degrees.
Meanwhile the overnight low, recorded shortly before 1 a.m. Tuesday, was 22 degrees at the Nut Tree Airport in Vacaville.
The persistent cold overnight weather prompted the city of Vacaville to open a warming center at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Three Oaks Community Center. People could arrive between 7 and 10 p.m., after which the center would close for the evening. Those who remained there overnight could leave at 6 a.m. Wednesday.
The warming center will remain open as needed, the city announced.
Freezing temperatures were expected overnight Tuesday and Wednesday before overnight lows moderate to the mid-30s and then 40 degrees later in the week, according to the National Weather Service.
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This version corrects the year of the previous record low temperature for Dec. 10 at Travis Air Force Base.