Excessive Heat Continues in Bay Area

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    A strong region of high pressure will continue to dominate the West. Chief Meteorologist Jeff Ranieri tracks who was the hottest Monday & how long 100s will last. Plus, why fire danger will stay elevated this Summer. (Published Monday, Jul 1, 2013)

    An excessive heat warning remained in effect Monday for inland locations away from the inner bay through at least Tuesday, and possibly longer as the long range forecast appears now to be prolonging the heat wave through midweek.
     

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    Another Scorcher Sunday

    [BAY] Another Scorcher Sunday
    Daytime highs Inland reached into the 90s & triple digits Saturday. One of the hottest locations, Walnut Creek, topped out at 109° Saturday afternoon. With an area of hot high pressure positioned on top of the Greater Bay Area, temperatures will remain hot during the day and very mild during the night time hours. So therefore, an Excessive Heat Warning remains in effect through Tuesday evening due to strenuous & dangerous afternoon heat. Remember to take frequent breaks if you must be outdoors and stay hydrated with plenty of water. (Published Saturday, Jun 29, 2013)

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    Warnings were issued for most of the Bay Area, where officials were warning people to drink plenty of fluids and stay out of the sun.

    The Bay Area was not alone in terms of heat.

    A record-breaking heat wave scorched the Southwest, with temperatures climbing well into the 110s and 120s.

    Coastal Cooling, Heat Inland

    [BAY] Coastal Cooling, Heat Inland
    After high temp records fell in parts of the North and East Bay to start the weekend, Sunday is shaping up to be another hot day inland with highs again soaring into the 90s and 100s away from the bay. There is some hope for slight cooling near the beaches and into the inner bay thanks to a slightly stronger sea breeze for Sunday. This brief respite won't last long as high pressure reaches its peak Monday into Tuesday. This means our inland temps will likely resume their upward climb, into the 105-110 range through midweek. As if that's not enough to be concerned about, there's also now a risk for elevated convection ( dry lightning ) late Monday night into Tuesday. The increased mid-level to upper level clouds may drop temps slightly from what s currently in the forecast now for Tuesday, however this could complicate fire danger concerns if enough of this high level moisture streams over the Bay Area. It will be far too dry in the lower levels of the atmosphere to support any rainfall, therefore lightning-sparked fires may become a concern. This will need to be watched closely early this week. Cooling will probably take a little longer to arrive for our inland areas, with temps hanging on to the 90s to near 100 now through 4th of July. Typical of supersized, strong ridges of high pressure the forecast models sometimes tend to break down these ridges too fast. For now its looking like inland areas should see more noticeable cooling by Friday into Saturday. Rob Mayeda (Published Sunday, Jun 30, 2013)

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    Meteorologists expect that clouds will begin to move in and the weather may cool off just in time for July 4th.