HAYWARD -- A homeless man found dead in Hayward on Sunday morning may be the seventh person in the Bay Area to succumb to frigid temperatures over the past two weeks.

The 50-year-old man was wearing a T-shirt, shorts, a hooded sweatshirt and shoes when he was found by a passer-by in the courtyard of the old City Hall at 22280 Foothill Blvd., said Hayward police Sgt. Ken Forkus.

The victim, a homeless man known to frequent Hayward, was lying on his side behind a Safeway store when he was spotted by someone on their way to get coffee at a nearby business.

Police are not sure exactly when the man died but said he had been there for several hours. His name was not released, pending notification of family.

An autopsy this week will determine what caused the man's death. Although foul play is not suspected, the incident remains under investigation, police said.

According to the National Weather Service, temperatures dropped to near freezing in Hayward early Sunday morning. The low was 34 degrees, said meteorologist Bob Benjamin.

The Hayward case came on the heels of the death of a homeless man in the East Bay and an elderly man in his Peninsula trailer over the weekend. Police said cold weather may have been to blame in both cases, although their exact cause of death remains to be seen.


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If it's determined that all three men died from hypothermia, they would be the fifth, sixth and seventh persons in the past two weeks to succumb to the extreme cold. Last week, Santa Clara County officials said that four homeless men had died over eight days of hypothermia-related causes.

Forecasters say East Bay residents should bundle up and hunker down as even colder weather will continue through the week. On Monday night, temperatures in Hayward were expected to drop to even lower digits bottoming out at 30 degrees, Benjamin said.

Other lows expected throughout the region include 27 in Concord, 34 in Oakland, 33 in San Mateo, 33 in San Jose and 38 in San Francisco.

Staff writer Erin Ivie contributed to this report. Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at nalund@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.