Area could see record-breaking temperatures

After wet week last week, Bay Area basks in sun

It's finally time for Bay Area residents to dry off and soak up some sun rays.

After weeks of stormy weather, the forecast for the coming days calls for sunshine and high temperatures that could break records, a National Weather Service forecaster said Wednesday morning (March 30).

"We're expecting to see the warm temperatures continue at least tomorrow and possibly Friday as well before cooling down for the weekend," meteorologist Austin Cross said.

Highs today in the Bay Area are expected to reach the high 70s or even lower 80s, with the highest temperatures in inland spots like Gilroy and Livermore, Cross said.

In Palo Alto, the high was expected to reach 79 degrees, and at 1 p.m. had climbed to 72 degrees. Historically, the hottest it's been in Palo Alto on March 30 was 87 degrees. The average is 64 degrees.

Cross said a strong high-pressure system in the Great Basin region has created a situation in which winds are flowing through the Bay Area from the mountains toward the ocean, rather than the other way around.

"As the air descends it warms up, and that's when we get our warmest temperatures in the Bay Area," Cross said.

The clear skies, coupled with longer days since clocks were moved forward, have put smiles on the faces of many sun-starved Bay Area residents.

It also means things are picking up at some local businesses.

"The past couple of days have already been really busy," said Kelley Lund, who owns Blondie's Frozen Yogurt on Park Avenue in Santa Clara.

Last week was tough, she said.

"It was spring break for the students and it was pouring rain, so this is much better," Lund said.

"I ordered extra ice cream, so we'll see," she said.

Kayak rentals are going back up at Sea Trek Kayaking in Sausalito, owner Bob Licht said.

"It's like people are bursting out after the rain," Licht said.

"Spring happened within two days here."

He said only a few people ventured out into the water during the rainy weather.

"We're thrilled that spring is finally upon us," he said.

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Posted by weather guy
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Mar 30, 2011 at 7:56 pm

convulsive climate, convulsions are a sign of death. the world is cold hot cold , planet sick???

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Posted by foxy
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 30, 2011 at 8:01 pm

If you don't believe in climate change yet, you are watching too much Fox News.

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Posted by ten18
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 30, 2011 at 9:08 pm

What?? It's weather for crying out loud! An 80 degree day in March is far from unusual! I hope you're just being sarcastic, because if you're representing warmies, your cause is toast.

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Posted by "johngalt"
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Mar 31, 2011 at 10:47 am

It is "Global Warming" not climate change, get your political terms right! The Left is now trying to segue "Global Warming" into Climate Change.
Climate Change has been going on for billions of years and will so continue.
"Global Warming" is Man Made Climate Change, a political concept espoused by the likes of Al Gore, et al, for political gain.

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Posted by Linda
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Mar 31, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Mother Nature is in charge of Nature, and that includes Weather. She has her ups and downs, like all of us.

The fact that MAN's GREED has filled our air and earth and water with pollutants is undeniable. Mother Nature needs the recognition of innocent children to see what can be done.

What does weather have to do with politics?(Other than the bribery by businesses that only worry about $$ of some politicians to look the other way....)

The ozone layer is way to far away for some people to acknowledge.

Perhaps the scientists should be consulted.

Just a suggestion. Rational minds should articulate problems and solutions that can be debated with other rational minds.

The planet Earth cannot sustain us for too much longer if we insist on overpopulating and polluting. The situation is scary and disgusting.

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