Yes, it’s still January. But that doesn’t mean the day can’t be spent at the beach or the park, as San Francisco and the surrounding region approaches or sets record temperatures.
The Bay Area is experiencing unseasonably warm weather, and there is no foreseeable break, according to meteorologist Charles Bell of the National Weather Service.
“Outside of some fog in the north and East Bay, there’s not much … out there,” he said.
Although San Francisco has not yet set or broken any records, Bell said, Oakland and Santa Rosa did. Santa Rosa, reached a record 74 degrees on Jan. 22, and San Francisco peaked at 65 degrees.
“For people who have these days off, it’s great time to get outdoors and enjoy the weather,” he said. “It’s beautiful outdoors.”
The City should reach a high this week on Thursday with a forecast peak of 69 degrees. Bell said the day will be clear, sunny and windless.
But while the Bay Area is basking in the sunlight, much of the rest of the country is being blanketed by snow, sleet and rain. Many major cities won’t even approach 32 degrees this week, according to the National Weather Service.
New England is expected to remain in the upper teens and 20s, New York City is expecting as much as eight inches of new snow, and Atlanta is getting drenched with rain and wind gusts of 30 mph.
San Francisco, however, can expect temperatures to remain in the mid-60s for at least the next 10 days. Precipitation is not expected.
This dry spell is typical of the La Niña weather pattern, Bell said. Whether it remains “typical” will depend how long the spell lasts.
“If we’re dry from now until the middle of February, that will be much more than normal,” Bell said.
The lack of precipitation could affect state snowpack and water levels, according to the California-Nevada River Forecast Center. Rainfall in December put state water supplies at about 120 percent of normal in Truckee.
Hydrologists said the dry January has not yet hurt the snowpack significantly.
“We haven’t noticed much melt,” said center hydrologist Alan Takamoto. “But it is pretty dry up there. We’re not adding to the totals.”
And the dry weather has some San Franciscans enjoying the sunshine. Kat Dallons was seen hoop dancing in shorts and a tank top Tuesday at Civic Center Plaza.
“It’s a great day to dance in the sun,” she said.
Examiner photographer Mike Koozmin contributed to this story.