After unusual hot spell, cool weather returns

The heat wave that hit San Francisco, which brought with it temperatures close to 100 degrees this week, seems to have been a fluke since the familiar morning fog and cool temperatures returned to The City on Thursday.

“We thought it was going to be hot again today like the last couple of days,” said Mark Cooper, a New Yorker who was spending Thursday afternoon with his family at the Ferry Building. Pointing to his daughter’s fresh white San Francisco sweatshirt, he said. “We clearly were not ready for the cooler weather today.”

While she’s not quite ready for rain, San Francisco resident Julie Friedland said she was hot Tuesday and actually prefers the normal Bay Area climate. “I don’t have air conditioning, so I’m happy to be cool again,” she said.

Today should be mostly cloudy with a high of 69 degrees and a low of 54. If you’re planning to hit the town tonight, bring a raincoat and umbrella — there’s a chance of a drizzle beginning around 11 p.m.

The probability of rain will stick around until noon Saturday, making for a perfect lazy weekend morning. Once patchy fog clears, temperatures are expected to reach 62 degrees, but residents may want to keep a sweater and a hair tie handy because wind gusts could reach 24 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

And there’s good news for triathletes: Sunday looks to be the best day to be outside this weekend, with partly sunny skies and a high temperature projected to approach 64 degrees. The cool weekend temperatures are expected to improve at the start of the workweek, with Monday highs projected to approach 70 degrees.

Weekend events

Saturday
What: Party on Block 18
When: Noon to 6 p.m.
Where: 18th Street (between Guerrero and Dolores streets)

Advisories:
18th Street closed on that block
7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
33-Stanyan Muni route will be affected

Sunday
What: Tri-California Triathlon
When: Starts at 7 a.m.

Route:
Swim: Alcatraz to St. Francis Yacht Club
Bike: Yacht Club to Presidio, along Great Highway, through Golden Gate Park, end at Marina
Run: Marina to Baker Beach, end at Marina Green

Advisories:
All streets along course will be closed 7 to 11 a.m.
Affected Muni lines:
18-46th Avenue
23-Monterey
29-Sunset
38-Geary

shaughey@sfexaminer.com

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