A high pressure system stalled over the Central Valley will send temperatures soaring Monday with several Bay Area cities forecasted to set new records, according to weather forecasters.
Less than two weeks after snowstorms dumped as much as a foot of snow on the upper runs of the Sierra ski resorts, the National Weather Service predicted temperatures as much as 20 degrees above normal for a November 5th and the potential for new record highs in more than a dozen cities.
Among the cities expected to challenge record temperatures was Santa Rosa where the forecasted high for Monday was 89 degrees which would eclipse the all-time record of 83 set in 1980. At San Francisco International Airport, the record high was a 78 set in 1993 but it had a forecasted high for Monday of 81.
Oakland’s previous high was an 82 in 1976, but forecasters predicted an 82 for Monday. Likewise for the 82 set in San Jose in 1901 which may be topped by an 83 on Monday.
While the temperatures will be higher than normal, weather service forecasters said, they will not reach the range where a heat advisory would be issued.
The short-lived heat wave was expected to extend through Election Day before a cold front from the Gulf of Alaska moves into the region.
Weather forecasters predicted that temperatures would plunge to the low 60s on Wednesday with also a chance of showers.
Watchdogs are questioning an exclusive agreement between the City of Oakland and a non-profit group, tapped to lead a multi-million dollar project to redevelop the area around the Coliseum BART station.