Saturday, 31 January 2015

Heat records fall in Santa Rosa and across the Bay Area



Heat records fall in Santa Rosa and across the Bay Area



The North Coast experienced another day of record high temperatures Saturday, the third straight day that records for peak temperatures have fallen in the region in what should be the wettest month of the year.

If you were out Saturday afternoon, chances are you broke a sweat as the high reached 80 degrees at the Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa at 3:59 p.m. The city’s previous record for that date was 68 degrees, set in 2009.

On Friday, Santa Rosa hit a high of 73, breaking the previous record of 68 in 2013; and on Thursday, it was 70, beating the old record of 68 in 2007.

“The weather pattern has the jet stream well to the north. A lot of storminess has been routed across the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia,” said Randy Adkins, a meteorologist with AccuWeather. “With that, mild dry conditions have been able to take hold across much of California.”

Adkins said the immediate forecast calls for more dry weather with no rain in sight, though the high-pressure system sitting over California is expected to weaken by the end of next week.

Only 0.11 of an inch of rain fell in January on Santa Rosa, deepening the state’s prolonged drought and just edging the city’s record low for rainfall set in January last year of 0.10 of an inch. The city historically sees an average of 5.93 inches of rain in January.

“That’s just illustrative of the strength of the large area of high pressure that’s been over the state for much of the month,” Adkins said.

The National Weather service said Saturday that record high temperatures were logged throughout much of the Bay Area, including Kentfield, San Rafael, Napa, downtown San Francisco and Oakland.

January saw 21 days of highs above the average daily temperature, and the first week of February should see the same.

“Temperatures will remain above average through much of next week, but I don’t anticipate too many more instances of 80-degree weather,” Adkins said, adding that “there doesn’t appear to be a very good chance of rain for much of the near future.”

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