Santa Rosa's highs 4 degrees cooler for season so far -- and it's likely to continue

If it seems a little cooler this summer, you're correct.

Temperatures in Santa Rosa have been 4 degrees colder, on average, compared with the daily highs over the past 30 years from late May to this point in the summer.

On a typical day this summer, Santa Rosa has peaked at 76 degrees, according to Press Democrat records from May 21 through Tuesday. Over the past 30 years, daily highs have averaged 80 degrees during that same period.

North Coast's Cool Summer Weather


Case in point, Wednesday's high in Santa Rosa was 75 degrees.

The summer season didn't get off to a great start. There were the rains in late May. And lingering fog on many days has forced some residents to light morning fires, turn on their heaters or keep their fleece close, at least until the sun finally breaks through.

"It's hella cold," said Steve Anderson, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Monterey.

The lack of serious local heat this summer may seem amplified because of extreme heat waves rocking much of the country and other parts of the world.

While the East Coast has baked in record-setting highs, the West Coast is awash in still-green tomatoes.

Some are contacting nurseries for advice.

"A lot of people planted early and either lost their plants or they got awful because of the weather," said Kris Kapa, employee at Harmony Farm Supply nursery in Graton. "Most people are saying 'Why does my plant look so crummy?' "

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