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Rejoice, Because Spring Is Here in the Bay Area

Thomas Smith
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Yesterday was the first day of spring here in the San Francisco Bay area, and throughout the United States. The Bay Area does not experience as large a shift between winter and spring as many other places. We live in a Mediterranean climate, which is fairly temperate the whole year-round.

The arrivals spring does mean some changes for the bay area, though. For example, lots of spring trees and flowers are now out in bloom. Rains are continuing, which means that the hills should remain green and wildfires should remain relatively low for a while.

Temperatures are warming up throughout the bay area as well. Here in East Bay where I report from, temperatures have been around 50° overnight, and it’s high at 70 during the day. Those warmer trends are likely to continue.

One irony is that although the bay area is known for its sunshine and temperate climate, spring and summer can be some of the coldest times of year in San Francisco. Temperatures are chilly by the water, and fog keeps them even lower. If you’re heading into the city from the east bay, temperatures can be as much as 40° colder. Make sure to bundle up and wear a jacket or dress in layers!

With spring arriving, it’s the perfect time to start heading out to the bay area's beautiful parks. One of my favorites is Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek. Outdoor activities are also a great option in general. Check out the San Francisco zoo if you’re in the city. There are also lots of great options for takeout that you could bring out a picnic to a park, and make it a full day.

For Bay Area residents, spring doesn’t necessarily mean melting snow or some of the things that I can indicate in other areas. It does mean the start of beautiful weather, though, and it’s a great excuse to get outside.

For more coverage of Bay Area Spring activities, check out the Bay Area Telegraph.

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Award-winning entrepreneur, and the co-founder and CEO of Gado Images. Thomas writes, speaks and consults about artificial intelligence, privacy, food, photography, tech, and the San Francisco Bay Area. As a professional photographer, Thomas' photographic work regularly appears in publications worldwide. Pitches/news tips:

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