San Francisco Breaks Heat Record For Early June, Hits 95 Degrees Amid Heatwave In Bay Area

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Amid a heat wave gripping Northern California, the weather station in downtown San Francisco measured a high of 95 degrees at 3 p.m. Monday.

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With records going back to the Gold Rush, this beats the previous same-day high of 88 degrees hit on June 10th in 1985.

 

“And the temperature will still be climbing until 5 p.m.,” says Steve Anderson, a forecaster with the National Weather Service office in Monterey.

Sweltering heat is typical in the summer months in Northern California, but usually the highest temperatures bake inland areas while the coastal areas are 10 to even 20 degrees cooler due to ocean breezes blowing cool air inland.

With this heat event, the coastal areas are also seeing the sizzling temperatures with highs in the 90s and Anderson explains many factors are contributing to this.

 

“We’ve got a very warm air mass in place and the kicker was the overnight lows,” Anderson explains. “We had high clouds move in over us right after the peak heating on Sunday and it trapped all that air in place. This morning San Francisco saw a low of 72 degreess and it just jump started the temperature climb today.”

 

Meteorologists initially predicted a cooling by Tuesday, but Anderson says the latest forecast shows a drop in temperatures isn’t likely to occur until Wednesday.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  AP
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