Severe Drought Holds On for Bay Area

By Samantha-Rae Tuthill, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
December 31, 2013; 3:19 AM ET
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Dry conditions will continue to grip the San Francisco area into the new year.

It is likely that 2013 will round out as the driest year on record for the state of California, as severe to exceptional drought clings to nearly the entire state.

Each day for at least this week will have little to no variations.

Skies will be mostly sunny with a few occasional clouds, particularly in the morning hours and near the coast. High temperatures will average between the upper 50s and lower 60s.

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Lows during the overnight hours will stay fairly consistent in the middle 40s with a slight increase in cloud coverage compared to the daytime hours.

The next high chance for precipitation is at least 10 days away.

The normal amount of precipitation for the Bay Area in a year is 20.65 inches. So far, 2013 has only delivered 3.38 inches to the region. Of the six most populated cities in California, only San Diego, which is still significantly below its average rainfall, is at least 50 percent of normal for precipitation amounts at 5.57 inches compared to their annual average of 10.34.

With the state in the midst of its rainy season, many are looking for a change in 2014 to relieve the area from the persistent drought.


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