Bay Area heat wave on the way: Here’s how hot it will get

Summer doesn’t officially begin for another month. But this weekend and into early next week, it’s going to feel a lot like summertime if you head outside.

After a string of mild temperatures recently and even a few rainy days, Northern California is about to heat up and dry out considerably, with temperatures in the Bay Area expected to climb from the 80s on Saturday to the 90s on Memorial Day to near 100 degrees in a few inland areas by Tuesday, forecasters say.

“This will be the hottest that we’ve seen so far this year,” said Rick Canepa, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Monterey. “All the precautions will be in effect. Keep properly hydrated, stay in the shade, look after the elderly and pets, that sort of thing. There’s some risk to sensitive populations.”

The cause: A ridge of high pressure that will park over California from Saturday until at least Tuesday, forecasters say.

“It’s going to cut off the sea breeze and squish out the marine layer,” said Jan Null, a meteorologist with Golden Gate Weather Services in Half Moon Bay. “That’s our natural air conditioning. When it goes away we warm up.”

Temperatures Saturday are expected to stay in the 70s along the coast, and hit highs in the mid-80s in Santa Clara County and the East Bay. On Sunday, they will warm further to the high 80s in the South and East Bay, rising again Monday to the mid-90s in those areas, before topping out Tuesday at a forecasted 94 in San Jose, 96 in Concord and 101 in Stockton and Modesto.

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The warming trend should ease starting Wednesday, forecasters say, with some chance of rain early the following week. Even during the hottest day, Tuesday, temperatures on the coast will stay significantly cooler, in the high 70s and low 80s.

“People are going to want to get outside probably more than they would if it was cool weather,” Null said. “You are going to have issues at beaches because parking lots are still closed at most coastal beaches.”

Forecast theme through Memorial Day weekend and into next week will be warming trend. #BayAreaWeather #BeatTheHeatCheckTheBackSeat

— NWS Bay Area (@NWSBayArea) May 21, 2020

To be sure, beach access around the Bay Area remains limited due to the coronavirus pandemic and county health officers’ efforts to reduce the risk of large crowds that could spread

Source:: East Bay – Lifestyle


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