Temperatures To Reach The 80s Along The Coast
San Diego weather, Santa Ana winds
Posted Jan. 14
By Kevin Wilkerson, San Diego Blogger
This IS January, right?
In San Diego it’s more like August this weekend as Santa Ana winds are bringing very warm temperatures to the area. How warm? It’s 80 along the coast and almost 90 inland.
All this while the eastern half of the country is experiencing winds, blizzards and chilling temperatures.
The San Diego warm weather arrived on Thursday and will continue thru Sunday, tho it will still be in the mid- to low-70s thru Monday.
The so-called “Santa Anas” are warm desert winds that blow in from the east, rather than the normal cool ocean breezes that blow in from the west. They bring with them dry conditions, sunny skies without a cloud in the sky, and those very warm temperatures, 10-15 degrees above normal.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that with those winds comes an increased threat of fires. While conditions are so still along the coast that a hot dog wrapper would stay put, inland the winds can reach low hurricane force. This whips up the dry brush that exists in those areas and can lead to wildfires.
There is also zero percent chance of rain. For that, you’ll have to wait until the following weekend when currently there is between a 30% and 50% percent chance of rain starting on Thursday.
It’s also important to note that San Diego – and all of Southern California for that matter – it not a tropical environment. It’s a desert climate and, despite those hot daytime conditions, the temperatures drop significantly at night.
The low temperatures this weekend will be in the mid-50s along the coast, the high-40s inland and the upper 30s in the local mountains.