SAN FRANCISCO -- In just one week, California's drought has gone from bad to worse.
The latest map released Thursday by the U.S. Drought Monitor illustrates the increase when compared to a map from the prior week.
Over 26% of the state is now classified in the worst category, Exceptional Drought. That includes parts of the Bay Area.
More than 74% of the state remains in the next highest tier, Extreme Drought.
More than 37 million people in the state live in a drought area.
26% of California classified in worst drought category