An unseasonable heat wave leading up to the Super Bowl left fans of the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers — and San Franciscans too — feeling the burn.
San Francisco broke its previous high temperature for Feb. 6, recording 77 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
Sunday’s reading broke The City’s previous record of 73 degrees, set in 1987.
“It’s more than perfect. There’s actually nobody here thanks to the Super Bowl,” said avid skateboarder Robert Ferguson, 23, who was grinding his board on the sidewalks alongside the Bay. “I’ve got the whole Embarcadero basically all to myself this beautiful day. I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
Ferguson, an Oakland Raiders fan, said he “could not really care less” about the football festivities.
Others in The City were equally motivated by the day’s special attributes.
John Barretto and Trina Hancock and their 6-year-old daughter decided to enjoy a picnic in Golden Gate Park, taking advantage of the exceptional weather and the Super Bowl-inspired lack of crowds.
“It’s definitely nice to have the calm before the storm,” said Barretto, whose daughter said their picnic locale was the perfect spot. “We knew it was going to be warm,” Hancock added, sounding nonetheless surprised by the weather.
Alex Shcheglovitov and his 4½-year-old son drove up from Palo Alto in the morning to beat the crowds at the California Academy of Sciences.
“It actually wasn’t really crowded,” Shcheglovitov said. “We went in the morning and saw the alligator feeding. It was quite fun.”
But people hoping to enjoy the good weather later this week will be disappointed. The high temperatures forecast for Monday and the next few days are expected to return to the mid- to low 60s, according to the National Weather Service.