MONTEREY — Another day, another record temperature.
Thursday marked the eighth day in a row that at least one city in the Bay Area has set a new daily high. In Gilroy, the mercury climbed to 82 degrees, shattering the previous record of 78 set in 1963, according to the National Weather Service in Monterey.
The city also posted new daily highs Tuesday and Wednesday.
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Elsewhere Thursday, San Rafael and Kentfield hit 74 degrees, tying records set two years ago.
Record temperatures have occurred every day this month. Since Feb. 1, there have been 51 new daily highs in the San Francisco and Monterey bay areas, according to the weather service.
Morgan Hill was among the warmest spots in the Bay Area on Thursday, posting a high of 78 degrees, according to the weather service. Concord and Redwood City both topped out at 77, Santa Rosa at 76 and downtown San Francisco at 74. Oakland and Half Moon Bay were two of the cooler locales at 70 and 63 degrees, respectively.
Friday will be about as warm as Thursday, said Duane Dykema, a meteorologist with the weather service, but “significant cooling” is expected over the weekend. Temperatures should fall by 5 to 8 degrees, with highs in the mid- to upper 60s, he said.
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Strong winds also are expected this weekend, and the weather service may issue an advisory for the North Bay mountains and East Bay hills.
The above-normal temperatures are the product of a high-pressure system sitting off the West Coast, Dykema said. The same system is blocking storms from reaching the Bay Area. The next chance of rain, according to one weather model, won’t come until Feb. 18.
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