More record temps for area

By From page A5 | January 05, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A recent string of record weather continued Saturday as Fairfield hit a new high of 70 degrees, breaking the old record set in 2012.

According to the National Weather Service, temperatures at Travis Air Force Base peaked at 70 degrees between 2 and 3 p.m. Saturday.

Metorologist Mike Pechner of Global West Meteorology said the record high resulted from a similar weather pattern from two years ago.

“We had lot of record highs (that) year with the sunny weather,” Pechner said. “It’s a similiar pattern in a third-year drought. (In 2011-12) we had some rain in November and December and then it turned dry in January and February.”

According to Saturday’s forecast, the weather service is calling for highs in the mid-60s Sunday and Monday before some clouds move in Tuesday.

“It looks like we have some weak fronts coming up,” Pechner said. “There’s one coming maybe mid-week. If it does anything at all, it’ll be just a sprinkle.”

The forecast calls for a 20 percent chance of showers Tuesday, lasting into the evening.

“It looks like the dry spell will continue well into mid-month,” Pechner said. “We’re looking at almost another 10 days of dry weather.”

Saturday’s record high comes at a time when much of the country is facing sub-freezing, and in many cases, sub-zero temperatures.

Some areas of the Midwest are expected to see air temperatures of 15 below zero and wind chill values as low as minus-55 degrees Sunday night.

Reach Mike Corpos at 427-6979 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/mcorposdr.


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