A heat wave in late May could sweep some parts of the Bay Area to as high as 100 degrees this week, sending the region’s landscapes plunging to their hottest temperatures since 2022, and preparing the region for a drier fire season.

National Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Matt Mehle said temperatures could reach 90 to 100 degrees in inland areas of East Bay, including Discovery Bay and Livermore, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Parts of the North Bay and the East Bay could see moisture plummet into the single digits, while winds could reach gusts of 20 to 30 km / h in parts of the East Bay Hills and in Santa Clara County.

Temperatures are also expected to climb 10-12 degrees higher than normal in Oakland, and in San Francisco, up to mid-70s.

The more moderate weather is expected to persist through the Memorial Day holiday weekend and mean that many areas of the Bay Area could expect highs through Friday and Saturday.

Flours said warmer weather meant there could be increased danger of a major fire in the Bay Area as early as this week.

October 2017 Northern California wildfires

The October 2017 Northern California wildfires, also known as the Northern California firestorm, North Bay Fires, (wikipedia)