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Published on May 29, 2024
Bay Area Warm Up Ushers in Shorts and Shades Season, Gale Force Gusts Prompt Maritime WarningsSource: Corey Leopold, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Bay Area residents, get ready to embrace the warmth! The National Weather Service San Francisco, CA, has predicted "a few degrees warmer across the board today as the warm up continues," indicating a delightful turn in weather as we march towards the weekend. Maybe it's time to plan that picnic you've been postponing because the forecast tells us to expect highs in the low-to-mid 80s inland, 70s around the Bay, and low-to-mid 60s along the coast.

Now, don't get too cozy with the heat wave just yet because a "slight cool down over the weekend" is on its way, followed by "another more notable warming trend on the horizon next week," so you've got a mix of temperatures that could mess with your wardrobe choices—a little bit of this, a little bit of that, make sure your layers game is strong. For those who worship the sun, Thursday and Friday are your best days, with "high temps in the upper 80s to near 90 for inland areas", per NWS.

Sailors and maritime enthusiasts might want to hold onto your hats because it's not just sunny skies that are the talk of the Bay—the marine forecast is whipping up "strong northwesterly breezes with gale force gusts." If you're planning to take your vessel out, heed the Small Craft Advisory and Gale Warnings issued, especially from 3 PM PDT this afternoon to 9 PM PDT this evening for some zones, with wave heights expected to build up to 14 feet by Thursday.

For aviation buffs, VFR conditions are reported to take hold throughout the TAF period: expect clear skies and breezy conditions that ease into the nighttime. And if you’re flying out of SFO or bridging the skies nearby, "high confidence" points to uninterrupted visual flying, though winds could gust up to 25 knots this afternoon.