Garden grilling, swimming and outdoor sports may be on the agenda this week as Bay Area residents get an unusually hot start to spring.

A major ridge of high pressure off the central seaboard is expected to move inland and move toward the 70s and 80s for Tuesday and Wednesday, the National Weather Service said.

In South Bay, records might be broken at San Jose, where a high was last set at 83 in 1926, and Gilroy, where the last record was 81 degrees in 1977.

High temperatures of 84 degrees in Santa Rosa in 1926 or 75 degrees in San Francisco, which outstrip the record of 73 degrees set in 1970, are altogether possible.

Winds were expected to linger into Tuesday morning before subsiding into early afternoon.

Wildfires have broken out throughout the Golden State so far this year, even during what is normally the humid part of the year on account of low rainfall.

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