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Record Temperatures Heat Up Bay Area

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The sun shines bright in the blue skies over the Bay Area. (CBS)

The sun shines bright in the blue skies over the Bay Area. (CBS)

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – After weeks of stormy weather, the Bay Area forecast for the coming days calls for sunshine and a run of high temperatures that  broke records Wednesday.

At least four Bay Area locations hitting record highs for the day, according to CBS 5′s Roberta Gonzales. The mercury hit 82 in San Francisco, 81 in Oakland, 82 in Napa and 85 in Santa Rosa – all met or exceeded previous highs for March 30th.  

“We’re expecting to see the warm temperatures continue at least tomorrow and possibly Friday as well before cooling down for the weekend,” meteorologist Austin Cross said.

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Cross said a strong high-pressure system in the Great Basin region has created a situation in which winds are flowing through the Bay Area from the mountains toward the ocean, rather than the other way around.

“As the air descends it warms up, and that’s when we get our warmest temperatures in the Bay Area,” Cross said.

The clear skies, coupled with longer days since clocks were moved forward, have put smiles on the faces of many sun-starved Bay Area residents.

But those with allergies are not among those ranks.

KCBS’ Susan Leigh Taylor Reports:

It also means things are picking up at some local businesses.

“The past couple of days have already been really busy,” said Kelley Lund, who owns Blondie’s Frozen Yogurt on Park Avenue in Santa Clara.

Last week was tough, she said. “It was spring break for the students and it was pouring rain, so this is much better,” Lund said.

“I ordered extra ice cream, so we’ll see,” she said.

Kayak rentals are going back up at Sea Trek Kayaking in Sausalito, owner Bob Licht said.

“It’s like people are bursting out after the rain,” Licht said. “Spring happened within two days here.”

He said only a few people ventured out into the water during the rainy weather.

“We’re thrilled that spring is finally upon us,” he said.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report.)

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