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Published on March 25, 2024
Bay Area Braces for Mid-Week Return to Rain with Cooler Temperatures AheadSource: NWS Bay Area

The Bay Area is set to experience a brief reprieve from wet conditions before rainclouds gatecrash the mid-week party, according to forecasters. Monday and Tuesday are expected to bask in a window of dry, sunnier weather, but don't ditch the umbrellas just yet. The National Weather Service San Francisco office predicts a return to unsettled conditions starting Wednesday, with chances of showers and progressively cooler temps as the weekend approaches.

Today’s mostly sunny skies are accompanied by a high near 60 degrees with the winds picking up to 14 mph, and, gusts reaching 20 mph. By tonight, clouds drift in, partially obscuring starry views as temps hover around a low of 49 degrees. "Quiet weather for today and Tuesday," the National Weather Service stated, signaling a calm before the subsequent stormy shift.

By midweek, a sweater weather alert might be in order as the high pressure gives way to an incoming cold front. Rain showers are expected to pepper the region "along and ahead of a cold front on Wednesday," according to the forecaster's office. This soggy spell will continue its dribble into Thursday with an unsettled post-frontal atmosphere. As described in the detailed forecast from the same office, there's a 70% chance of rain Wednesday night, potentially dampening grounds with up to half an inch of precipitation.

An early bird preview via @NWSBayArea warned locals,"Dry weather returns for today and Tuesday. However, unsettled conditions are back for a mid-late week with more shower chances." Temperatures trend upwards, only to fall victim to a heftier system. Rainfall could drench the coastal mountains with 1-2 inches and wet other areas with 0.25-0.75 inches by the weekend. For maritime enthusiasts or those taking to the seas, the "Moderate to fresh northwesterly winds will prevail today and tomorrow" as high pressure briefly steels the ship.

As the weekend nears, the forecast remains a mixed bag. Friday and Saturday, keep your rain gear at hand, with rain likely, especially after 11 a.m. on Friday. "There remains some disagreement on the exact evolution of the pattern and resulting placement of the best rain totals, but overall, there remains at least medium confidence for seeing 1-2" in the coastal mountains and 0.25-0.75" elsewhere," the forecaster's office warns, suggesting a dose of patience as they "fine tune the forecast details in the days ahead."