Rainy and Breezy Weather Expected Sunday, But No Rain for Memorial Day

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Two months ago, the U.S. Drought Monitor categorized more 81% of the state as abnormally dry because of above-normal temperatures and a lack of precipitation six weeks into the water year that started Oct. 1, 2019. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

If you're planning a Memorial Day weekend barbecue or hike for Sunday, forecasters have some bad news in store: Unseasonably cool and wet weather will make its way through the Bay Area starting early Sunday morning and lasting throughout the day.

"I think a lot of people will wake up Sunday morning to some wet pavement in their neighborhood," said National Weather Service Meteorologist Ryan Walbrun.

During the day on Sunday, forecasters expect the rain to be on-and-off with a slight chance of thunderstorms in some areas.

"It's not an all day rain event, but definitely enough rain around to impact peoples' outdoor plans," Walbrun said.

With high temperatures ranging from the mid-50s in San Francisco to the 60s inland, the weather is out of the ordinary for this time of year.

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"It's not unprecedented or unheralded," Walbrun said. "I think 2011 was the last cooler than normal and wetter than normal Memorial Day across the Bay Area."

There is some good news, though. After Sunday's scattered precipitation, the forecast looks dry for Memorial Day itself. But that doesn't necessarily mean you should plan on heading to the beach.

"No real warm weather in sight," Walbrun said.