Rainy forecast shouldn't affect Blue Angels' Fleet Week visit to SF 

click to enlarge Sneak preview: Though Monday’s storm only managed to dump a quarter-inch of rain, wetter weather is expected for the next few days. (Mike Koozmin/The Examiner) - SNEAK PREVIEW: THOUGH MONDAY’S STORM ONLY MANAGED TO DUMP A QUARTER-INCH OF RAIN, WETTER WEATHER IS EXPECTED FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS. (MIKE KOOZMIN/THE EXAMINER)
  • Sneak preview: Though Monday’s storm only managed to dump a quarter-inch of rain, wetter weather is expected for the next few days. (Mike Koozmin/The Examiner)
  • Sneak preview: Though Monday’s storm only managed to dump a quarter-inch of rain, wetter weather is expected for the next few days. (Mike Koozmin/The Examiner)

The rain that soaked much of The City on Monday will stick around throughout the week, but aeronautics fans need not despair: Blue skies are expected to return by Saturday, just in time for the Blue Angels’ annual appearance at Fleet Week.

When ships begin arriving Wednesday, they will encounter rain, according to the National Weather Service. Though only a quarter-inch fell at San Francisco International Airport on Monday, more is expected today through Thursday.

A show before the show also might happen Wednesday evening due to a slight chance of thunderstorms, weather service meteorologist Chris Stumpf said.

“Wednesday will be the grimmest day with all the rain,” he said. “But it will be partly cloudy by the weekend.”

Forecasters expect roughly a half-inch of rain in The City on Wednesday. Higher elevations can expect up to 1 inch.

A foot of snow also is expected in the Sierra Nevada above 7,000 feet, Stumpf said.

The Blue Angels show scheduled for Saturday and Sunday is not expected to be affected by the weather, but the scheduled practice might be “rained out.” The first practice for the fleet is 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, but there’s only a 30 percent chance of rain that day.

Fleet Week spectators might fare better than patrons of Oracle OpenWorld at Moscone Center. More than 45,000 people are in town for the weeklong convention, which has more than 400 exhibits, and getting from the South to the West halls will prove to be a bit of a challenge.

Winds are expected to gust up to 21 mph Wednesday and 31 mph overnight, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures will remain moderate, however, with daytime highs reaching 67 degrees.

Rain will move out of the area by Thursday evening and blue skies are expected to return Friday and Saturday, with temperatures in the high 60s. Sun will remain through early next week, with temperatures hitting 70 degrees in San Francisco.

akoskey@sfexaminer.com

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