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Published on February 25, 2024
NWS San Diego Forecasts Light Showers and Cooler TempsSource: Unsplash/Tyrel Johnson

As Southern California enjoys a stint of mild weather with coastal highs hitting the mid to upper 60s, and the low desert regions warming up to near 80, a shift in atmospheric patterns is on the horizon. The National Weather Service San Diego has reported that an upper ridge over the Southwest is granting Californians high temperatures several degrees above the usual mark today, accompanied by a mix of party to mostly cloudy skies.

A brewing trough of low pressure off the coast, however, threatens to dampen spirits and land Monday afternoon through Tuesday, bringing a chance for light, scattered showers across the region. "Light precipitation is expected to develop late Monday with scattered light showers Monday night and Tuesday," a statement from the NWS Forecast Office San Diego detailed, with rain amounts ranging from a mere 0.01 to 0.25 inches. The cooler weather won't just affect the rain gauge but also promises to dust the mountains with snow, where levels above 7,500 feet on Monday could drop to 6,500 by Tuesday morning.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service emphasize the unpredictable nature of the incoming showers, with some areas expected to receive a quarter to a third of an inch of rain, "while others may see only brief passing showers and only a few hundredths of an inch," according to the Area Forecast Discussion. In addition to the fickle precipitation, drivers and outdoor enthusiasts should brace for gusty west winds affecting the mountains and deserts.

While the early week may be soggy, Southern Californians can look forward to drying out midweek. "Weak ridging aloft Wednesday and Thursday brings dry weather," the report from the NWS adds. But don't stow away the umbrellas and all-weather gear just yet; another system is forecast to roll in next weekend, potentially delivering a fresh batch of rain, wind, and mountain snow to round out the week. Patchy fog with visibility localized to 1 nm or less may also challenge early morning maritime activities, as per the marine outlook. So while the sun may be playing peek-a-boo today, residents and travelers should gear up for a gamut of conditions as the week unfolds.