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Record High Temps Recorded Tuesday But You Can Enjoy Seasonal Winter Dishes Like Butternut Squash Soup

Several Bay Area cities, including Mountain View, tied or beat 2009 records for unseasonably high temperatures on Tuesday afternoon.

While it was more than warm enough to dine al fresco Tuesday at Vesta in Redwood City, the seasonal menu had foods more commonly associated with chillier weather, including this cauliflower dish featuring serrano chilies, honey and currants.
While it was more than warm enough to dine al fresco Tuesday at Vesta in Redwood City, the seasonal menu had foods more commonly associated with chillier weather, including this cauliflower dish featuring serrano chilies, honey and currants.
Fire warnings, a looming drought and 70-degree temps in January (!). Yep, Bay Area weather definitely is not behaving.

According to the National Weather Service, after another day of sun and strong offshore winds, record highs were recorded on Tuesday.

Here are a few highlights:

  • San Francisco International Airport SFO: 72 degrees, previous record was 67 in 1948.
  • Oakland Airport OAK: 74 degrees, previous record was 65 in 2009.
  • San Jose Airport SJC: 74 degrees, previous record was 73 in 2009.
  • Mountain View Moffett Field NUQ: 73 tied previous record from 2009.
  • Pope Valley, Napa: 80 degrees.
  • Calistoga: 80 degrees.

As of around 2 p.m. Tuesday, downtown San Francisco was enjoying temps around 68 degrees, close to the 2009 record of 69 degrees.

(All this warmth had Patch editors feeling confused as we sat outside on the Peninsula, where it was around 72 degrees at 2:30 p.m., and pondered our choices from a seasonal lunch menu that included Butternut Squash Soup, Grilled Pears and Cauliflower. Squash soup in January, yes, but it was definitely more like salad weather.)

Tonight's lows are likely to be in the upper 40s, with northerly winds up to 10 mph. Sunny skies are likely Wednesday morning. Highs are expected to be in the mid 60s to lower 70s, with northeasterly winds up to 15 mph. 

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