FAIRFIELD — The National Weather Service has a hard freeze warning in effect for the vast majority of the Bay Area with overnight temperatures expected to once again dip below freezing.
The forecast calls for an overnight low Monday morning of 29 degrees at Travis Air Force Base. The same overnight low is expected Tuesday morning. Temperatures were expected to dip below freezing late Sunday and Monday nights. Areas of frost were expected after 10 p.m. Sunday and Monday.
Fairfield hit a record low temperature early Friday morning of 21 degrees at Travis Air Force Base. The temperature stayed there from 5:58 to 6:58 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. That shattered the old record of 26 degrees. Sunday morning’s low temperature of 26 degrees tied a record low for the day at the base, according to Mike Pechner of Golden West Meteorology in Cordelia.
Long durations of below-freezing temperatures can kill sensitive crops and yard plants, harm outdoor pets and livestock potentially cause outdoor water pipes to burst. There’s also an increased risk of hypothermia for people who remain outdoors overnight.
Four people have died across the Bay Area due to hypothermia since the cold spell began midweek last week, according to The Associated Press.
Solano County Agricultural Commissioner Jim Allan said last week that alfalfa sprouts are very susceptible to freezing, but he said that a cold, early winter would help the rest of the county’s crops, such as plums, apricots, cherries and nuts.
Overnight lows are forecast to remain above freezing – 33 degrees – late Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, and late Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
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