Rain May Follow Imminent San Francisco Heatwave

Who else is running out of summery clothing options?

A man walks near a group of whimbrel shorebirds at Ocean Beach on Monday, May 6, 2019. (Photo by Kevin N. Hume)

Reach further into that small collection of summer clothes: San Francisco will swelter through another heatwave on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

It’s not just balmier weather but temperatures that may reach the mid-80s, even 90s in surrounding Bay Area cities like Santa Rosa and Livermore.

The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for Tuesday and Wednesday that implores residents to bring out tactics once again to keep cool, which include: drinking plenty of fluids, limit strenuous outdoor activity for the morning or evening when it’s cooler, stay inside where there’s air conditioning, and to not leave kids or pets inside cars. (Reminder, if the pavement is too hot for your hand after 10 seconds, it’s too hot to walk your dog.)

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued a Spare the Air alert for Tuesday and Wednesday, marking the 17th in 2019. Carpooling or taking public transit is encouraged during these days to limit excessive air pollution worsened by heat.

On the plus side, the Recreation and Parks Department is, once again, offering free admission to the city’s seven pools until Wednesday. 

Temperatures are expected to drop considerably, down to the 70s on Thursday and mid-to-high 60s on Friday for San Francisco. In a bit of weather whiplash, patchy rain is also part of the forecast for those days. 

By Sunday, temperatures will remain in the mid-60s with no rain forecasted — maybe even cool enough to break out those beanies we’re starting to need less.

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