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Published on May 27, 2024
Breezy and Warmer Week Ahead for Bay Area Inland, Coast to Remain CoolPhoto by Jessy Smith on Unsplash

As Bay Area residents wrap up their Memorial Day weekend, they can expect a shift in the weather that will bring a warmup inland while the coast stays cool, according to the National Weather Service Bay Area. "Look for an inland warmup this week while coastal temperatures remain cool," the NWS Bay Area posted early this morning. The forecast includes persistent overnight and morning clouds that should retreat to the coast during the afternoon.

Temperatures today are set to follow a familiar pattern, with the potential for a slight increase in some interior spots. As we move into the week, the NWS's Area Forecast Discussion predicts a tranquil weather streak, with morning stratus clearing to the coast and afternoon highs slightly above normal anticipated for next weekend, despite a "deep upper low" flattening the ridge a bit midweek, it isn't expected to bring any significant changes. The NWS outlined that "Warmer today as a warming trend continues through the week," suggesting residents inland can shed a layer or two.

In terms of aviation, the NWS has forecasted that coastal terminals should expect MVFR-IFR stratus that will clear during the afternoon, leading to breezy onshore winds; however, these low clouds are anticipated to roll back in later tonight and into the early hours of Tuesday. They specified, "MVFR-IFR stratus at the coastal terminals should mix out around 18-21Z today with afternoon clearing and breezy onshore winds."

On the maritime front, caution is advised for small crafts operating over the holiday weekend, with fresh to strong northwest winds over the coastal waters and increasing wave heights leading to potentially hazardous conditions. The NWS Marine section of the report states, "Northwest breeze over the outer waters persists through Memorial Day weekend creating hazardous conditions for small crafts," indicating the need for sailors to be on alert. Winds are expected to ease slightly today before picking up again mid-week as the weather system moves through the Pacific Northwest, bringing with it waves of up to 11 to 13 feet.

Bay Area dwellers should be prepared for a breezier and warmer atmosphere inland this week while staying cooler along the coast, necessitating a balanced wardrobe ready for an array of conditions, as the forecast promising daylight warmth succumbs to overcast evenings and the maritime breezes blow a reminder of the ocean's nearness.