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Mild weather and sunny skies for Bay Area with no rain in sight

San Francisco Chronicle logo San Francisco Chronicle 11/21/2020 By Jason Fagone

Mild days and sunny skies should linger through next week across the Bay Area, blanketing the region with pleasant winter days while extending the long statewide drought that has fueled this year’s catastrophic wildfires.

Temperatures should rise into the high 60s and low 70s Saturday and Sunday with light winds, according to the National Weather Service. No rain is expected next week, as storm systems glide past to the north, and long-term projections “continue to show dry conditions prevailing.”

In the Sierra Nevada, ski resorts are gearing up for the season and making the best of the sun. In South Lake Tahoe, it was 41 degrees at 11 a.m., with the temperature expected to drop to 21 degrees overnight.

Winter is traditionally California’s wet season, when snowpack accumulates and later melts, replenishing water supplies. But a lot of rain and snow need to fall to make up for the dryness of 2020, a year of record-high temperatures and unusually low precipitation in the state — a problem fueled by global warming.

“We are in drought over much of the western United States, particularly the southwest, and much of California as well,” said Noah Diffenbaugh, a climate scientist at Stanford University. “We’re starting out in drought status.”

Jason Fagone is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: jason.fagone@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @jfagone

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