It’s that time of year for San Francisco and Peninsula residents to brag to their friends and relatives in other parts of the country.
As snow pounded the Northeast and Midwest last week, skies were sunny here, and the forecast looks even brighter for this week.
“High and dry through the week,” National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Tentinger said. Highs should be in the mid- to upper-60s in the area, with only a slight chance of showers on Saturday, he said. Lows will be in the mid-40s.
The temperatures this week will be slightly above normal for the first week of March, when highs typically reach 60 degrees, Tentinger said, adding that the week will not be too windy and waves are unlikely to reach 10 feet this week.
Ocean Beach resident Bennet Schlesinger, 20, said he has enjoyed the sun the way many San Franciscans do: riding his bike around The City.
“I’m just trying to stay out in the sun as much as possible,” Schlesinger said. “There’s been a ton of street traffic and bicyclists and beachgoers.”
Sunbathers were also out in full swing on the Peninsula this weekend.
“There’s been a good amount of people today,” said Heather Graham, assistant manager at Nor Cal Surf Shop next to Pacifica’s Pacific State Beach. “It’s been one of our busier Sundays in a while.”
Another group benefiting from the warmth are “fair- weather golfers,” said Tony Erlec, assistant manager of Lincoln Park 18-hole public golf course in San Francisco. In addition to the sun, even thefog has subsided more this year than in the past, said Erlec, whose course is located on the coast.
“I don’t remember so many clear days,” Erlec said. “It’s bringing a lot of people.”
The dry weather may not necessarily be here to stay, Tentinger said. Typically there is still a chance of a passing storm or two this time of year before the dry season, he said.