Cool and cloudy weather was causing flight delays of nearly three hours at San Francisco International Airport Sunday, with a wet weather system forecast to hit the Bay Area Monday.
The airport duty manager said a low ceiling from clouds and light rain forced airlines to cancel dozens of flights. Many more arrivals and departures, especially short hop flights along the west coast were delayed anywhere from about 30 to 90 minutes.
At 4:30 p.m., the airport reported 36 departing flights and 37 arriving flights were cancelled. Delays are expected to continue until about 1 a.m. Monday morning.
At SFO, lines were long and passengers weary.
“Been delayed or cancelled again from 1:45 to 3:10, and then they cancelled that one,” said passenger Chris Lester.
Jan Null of Saratoga-based Golden Gate Weather Service said the scattered showers Sunday, followed by more rain expected early this week, will help with fire danger.
"It will make a short term difference, giving us a little respite from sun baking grasses and drying out trees,” Null said.
National Weather Forecaster Steve Anderson said that rain was expected to hit the Bay Area on Monday and would continue on and off through Tuesday.
The storm is part of the "remnants" of Tropical Storm Yagi that hit the western Pacific last week about 250 miles south of Japan, Anderson said.
Rainfall could measure up to an inch in the North Bay and coastal mountains, he said.
San Francisco could get between a quarter and half an inch of rain, and the South Bay was likely to get around a quarter of an inch, he said.
The weather was likely to warm up and return to more familiar summer patterns on Wednesday.
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