Sienna Dugan, 1, of Walnut Creek, plays in the sand during a playdate with a friend at Larkey Park in Walnut Creek, Calif. on Monday, March 13, 2017. The Bay Area will continue with mild temperatures in the high 60’s and low 70’s throughout the week with possibly showers on the weekend. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)
As East Coasters get pummeled head to toe today by snowstorms, the San Francisco Bay Area is basking in unseasonably warm temperatures (even as we brace for more rain early next week).
In the heart of Silicon Valley, San Jose on Tuesday is expecting a high of 80 degrees. Which sure seems high for the middle of March. But how high is it?
The short answer: Kinda sorta high.
With its subtropical Mediterranean climate, San Jose enjoys an average mean temperature of 60.5 degrees (Can’t you just hear the hordes of people back east packing up their things to head west?) And while we do have our very highs and very lows throughout the year (all time high: 114 degrees on June 14, 1961; all time low: 19 degrees on December 22–23, 1990), weather this time of the year tends to hover somewhere between lovely and gorgeous.
Average high for March is 65.7 degrees, while the daily mean is 56.2.
So is our temperature today off the charts?
“You can’t call it crazy, but it could be borderline crazy,” said meteorologist Steve Anderson with the National Weather Service in Monterey. “It’s been pretty mild lately and this is our first really warm period since last fall. So when you have this first warm spell coming out of the winter it always feels warmer than it really is.”
And are we breaking any records today with our 80 degrees?
“Nope,” says Anderson, reminding us that the record high for San Jose for a March 14th was in 2015 when it hit 89 degrees. “And that was the highest recorded since 1893.”
So while today is way above normal, “nine degrees is still a long ways away.”
Anderson said temperatures will cool down from this peak in the coming days, with a small bump on Friday, but then cool again into next week, just in time for those rain showers on Monday.
Enjoy the warmth while it lasts.