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Published on April 01, 2024
Sunny Skies Ahead for San Diego Following Brief Mountain Showers, with Warmth Looming MidweekSource: Kyle Monahan, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

San Diegans might soon be ditching their rain gear for some shades as a brief spell of showers makes way for warmer, sunnier skies. According to the National Weather Service Forecast Office in San Diego, today is seeing high temperatures cozying up in the 60s for most low elevation areas, with a toasty mid-70s expected in the lower desert. If you've felt cooped up, Tuesday could be your day to bloom with the mercury further climbing into the 70s and even lower 80s in the desert regions.

But keep the umbrella within arm's reach at least through this afternoon, especially if you're nestled in the mountains of San Diego County, as the NWS has reported "a chance of showers mainly in the mountains." Following the damp touch, a brief ridge of high pressure is anticipated to give the city a dry and warmer spell on Tuesday and Wednesday. The folks by the coastline should be ready to see some patchy fog, but other than that, it's time to prepare to enjoy temps possibly just shy of 80 degrees west of the mountains by mid-week, according to the area forecast discussion from the NWS.

The warm trend sadly doesn't plan to stick around, though, with a new trough of low pressure set to usher in stronger winds, cooler weather, and a higher chance of showers starting from Thursday night through Friday night. This could extend into Saturday, but as the NWS cautiously optimists, the weekend might still manage to stay dry. Some weather models are teasing with the chances of rain on Saturday, casting a shadow of doubt over the weekend forecast.

Mariners should also take note: this morning's marine conditions have included "pockets of locally heavy rainfall," but these are expected to ebb after sunrise. However come Wednesday, and again on Thursday night through Saturday, those navigating the waters off the coast should anticipate northwest wind gusts that could easily surpass 20 knots.

In a statement that reflects the unpredictable nature of weather, the NWS reminds that "Skywarn activation is not requested. However weather spotters are encouraged to report significant weather conditions." So, while forecasts are pointing to some sunny days ahead, San Diegans—and their umbrellas—should be prepared for any eventuality.