Gloomy, gray skies settle over Bay Area

It was the kind of day in The City that makes tourism officials pull their hair out — and it’s set to continue.

The heavy, damp fog that clung to the coast Sunday will hang around most of today before sunnier skies emerge, according to the National Weather Service.

The chilly mist, which felt like a light rain in some coastal areas, was at its most intense Sunday morning throughout most of the Bay Area and extended all the way down to Santa Barbara, National Weather Service forecaster Diana Henderson said. While much of it burned off by afternoon, with highs reaching 80 in Concord and 72 in Redwood City, skies remained gray all day in San Francisco and on the coast.

At the San Francisco Ferry Building on Sunday, visitors who thought they were dressed for August were shivering.

Tanuja Singeetham, of Los Angeles, and Mike McPherson, of San Jose, said they were enjoying some indoor sightseeing among the shops. Still, Singeetham couldn’t help but imagine what she’d be doing if the sun were out.

“I would not be holding a coffee right now. I would have an alcoholic beverage in hand,” she said.

Renee Stewart, of Benicia, and her mother, Jan Peacock, who was visiting from Chicago, were suitably swaddled in layers as they stepped off the Baylink ferry from Vallejo.

“I told her to make sure you layer up and bring a jacket. I laugh when I see the tourists getting off the ferry in their shorts and tank tops.” Stewart said. “Nobody warned them.”

The National Weather Service issued a small-craft advisory for the Bay on Sunday afternoon. The advisory was scheduled to last through 10 p.m. due to wind gusts of up to 30 miles per hour.

“Summer is the time we get the stratum and fog. It keeps the Bay Area from becoming like the inland valley,” Henderson said.

The City will likely experience some overcast weather all week, but the fog is expected to move out of the rest of the Bay Area by Tuesday. Highs in San Francisco today will be in the low 50s.

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