Bay Area’s Heatwave Continues

It all happened so suddenly. One day we’re wearing jackets and hoodies and 24 hours later we’re peeling off thick blankets at night, opening all the windows of the house, and taking out all the sleeveless tops and shorts buried deep in the closets. Such is what we go through now. Is it climate change? It’s record high temperatures from 100 to 105″. While it’s hot out in SF, it’s worse outside of the coastal city.

Image result for hot in front of a fanPhoto: Carbon Brief

 

Today, Tuesday, is supposed to bring relief in San Francisco as temperatures drop a bit. However, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) forecast, the worst is not behind us yet. In other parts of the Bay Area, temperatures will likely see triple-digits.

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Photo: ABC7 News from 15 hours ago

 

According to the National Weather Service,

Concord and other parts of Contra Costa County may see highs of up to 103 Tuesday. Fremont may reach 97, San Jose and Napa 98, and areas around Santa Rosa may hit temperatures of 99 degrees during the day.

An excessive heat warning lasting from 10 a.m. Tuesday through 9 p.m. covers but is not limited to the cities of Concord, Antioch, Livermore, Walnut Creek, Pleasanton, Pittsburg, and San Ramon.

 

In those areas, residents should expect “record or near record heat with widespread high temperatures from 100 to 105.”

The only good news is that high temperatures in SF will likely break, as the heat warning does not apply to the city. Tuesday’s forecast calls for highs of 85 during the day.

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Meteorologists predict a high of 90 in Oakland and 93 in peninsula locales like Redwood City and Palo Alto—not as dire as surrounding regions, but still potentially dangerous.

For most people, the heatwave is merely unpleasant, but high temperatures can pose a significant and even fatal health risk, particularly after several consecutive days.

According to UCLA research published in 2018, “Heat is the primary weather-related cause of death in the United States,” with an estimated median of 1,500 fatalities every year.

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Photo: LA Times

 

“Extreme heat events account for more fatalities annually than the 30-year mean annual number of deaths due to hurricanes, lightning, earthquakes, tornadoes, and floods combined,” warns UCLA.

 

Sources: National Weather Service forecast, Curbed SF, ABC7 News

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