Climate Focus: Bay Area's Hotter Temperatures

More severe drought, extended and more intense fire seasons have become more common since 2000, but you may be surprised to see how much warmer than average the region’s temperatures have been through the same period.

2020 was the hottest on record, following a series of four of the top five hottest since 2014. Average temperatures spiked highest vs. seasonal norms from late summer into fall, coincidentally the most dangerous time of year for fire season due to the gap in substantial rainfall from the previous spring.

However, 2020 was different on many levels. Consider February 2020, when many locations around the Bay Area recorded zero measurable rain. It

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