DUBLIN -- A homeless man found dead in Dublin early Saturday may have died from exposure to the cold and rainy conditions the night before, and forecasters are predicting it is about to get even colder in the East Bay.
The unidentified man's cause of death has yet to be determined, but exposure to the elements -- heavy rain and near-freezing conditions -- have not been ruled out, according to the Alameda County coroner's office. An autopsy on the man was being conducted Saturday. If the man did die from hypothermia, he would be the fifth person in the past two weeks to succumb to the extreme cold, including four in the South Bay.
Forecasters say East Bay residents should bundle up and hunker down as even colder weather will continue through the weekend and into next week.
Austin Cross with the National Weather Service said while the rain has moved on and temperatures were above freezing Friday night -- a chilly 38 degrees -- East Bay residents can expect more sub-freezing temperatures at night.
A freeze warning was issued through Sunday. Temperatures could drop into the high 20s in Livermore and Concord at night, and only on Wednesday will temperatures rise to the mid-30s overnight, Cross said. Daytime highs in the Tri-Valley area will hover in the mid-40s and will be in the high 40s to low 50s in and around Concord.
"This is a particularly cold snap," Cross said.
A Spare the Air alert was also issued for Sunday, banning Bay Area residents from burning logs in fireplaces.
Doug Stewart, CEO of Central County Homeless Outreach, said he and his partner, Mike Callanan, passed out dozens of blankets Friday night and helped 29 homeless people either find a shelter bed or temporarily gave them a reprieve from the rain and cold by letting them sit in their warm truck.
Stewart has helped at least a couple of dozen homeless people each night during the cold weather and expects to continue his aid through next week.
In Concord, he found a group of homeless people packed under a gazebo in a park, trying to escape the rain after their tent had flooded. Stewart said they were "freezing to death."
Though he handed them dry clothes and blankets, Stewart said there was not much more he could do.
"Some people don't want to go to shelters," he said. "Our goal is to get them dry and get them warm. It's the best we can do."
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