Clear skies and westerly winds brought record-breaking heat to two Bay Area locations Sunday, according to official data from the National
Weather Service. The regional spike in temperatures helped to create conditions that prompted the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to issue a Spare the Air alert for today (Monday).
The mercury rose to 94 degrees at San Francisco International Airport, breaking the old record for the day of 91 degrees set in 1970.
At Moffett Field near Mountain View the high temperature was 96 degrees, breaking the old record of 91 degrees set in 1978.
San Jose and Oakland tied records for the day of 97 degrees and 94 degrees.
National Weather Service meteorologist Drew Peterson said Monday could be a little warmer in the East Bay and on Tuesday temperatures will drop slightly.
The temperature Tuesday in San Francisco is expected to reach 90 degrees. In Oakland it's expected to be 92 degrees and in San Jose 97, degrees.
By Wednesday, temperatures will drop significantly.
"There is relief in sight," Peterson said. "It's just a couple of days out."
The temperature Wednesday in San Francisco is forecast to be 66 degrees and in Oakland, 70 degrees. The cooler temperatures will last through the weekend, Peterson said.
Spare the air
The Spare the Air alert is the 24th this season.
Residents are being asked to choose other ways of traveling besides driving alone.
Smog, or ozone, can irritate throats, cause congestion and chest pain, trigger asthma, inflame the lining of the lungs and worsen bronchitis and emphysema, air quality officials said.
Long-term exposure can damage the lungs.
Smog can be particularly harmful to young children, seniors and people with respiratory and heart conditions, according to air quality officials.
People who exercise outdoors should exercise only in the morning when the smog level is lower.
Residents are encouraged to carpool, bike, walk or take transit. Air quality officials are asking residents who are in the market for another vehicle to consider buying an electric one to help reduce smog in the Bay Area.