Your SoCal Weather Report For Friday, May 26: Cloudy Then Clearing To Sun, A Bit Chilly (For LA)
Today in the Los Angeles basin expect cloudy skies clearing to sun, with the temperatures not getting much higher that the mid-60s.
- Today’s weather: Cloudy then sunny, mid-60s
- Beaches: Cloudy, low 60s
- Mountains: Sunny, low to mid-50s
- Inland: High of 70
Along the coast, the temperatures look similar, with less chance of clouds clearing. The mountains will see more sun but much more chill in the air, with temperatures in the low to mid-50s.
Areas further inland could see patchy drizzle this morning, with sun and temperatures making their way up to 70 this afternoon.
Heading into the long weekend, temperatures are expected to stay cooler than normal for this time of year. Morning clouds and drizzle will continue into next week.
The gray weather comes courtesy of a heavy marine layer and strong onshore flow.
Why is it so cloudy now? Cold ocean water (50s-low 60s) plus high pressure. The cold ocean cools and moistens the air at the surface, and high pressure causes sinking air, which traps this cold air and limits mixing, ie. clearing of clouds. #oceantemps #marinelayer #maygray pic.twitter.com/wvoz81lvpL— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) May 25, 2023
Be Careful At The Beach
We're expecting an increase in surf and risk of hazardous #RipCurrents this Memorial Day Weekend, especially at Orange County beaches. Make sure you stay up to date on the latest beach forecast by visiting https://t.co/2N3fexIlco— NWS San Diego (@NWSSanDiego) May 24, 2023
Be #BeachSmart.#CAwx pic.twitter.com/4Tq4Qcy8CZ
This Day In History
In 1951, folks in the desert got some serious heat. Strong high pressure caused temperatures to reach 115 in Palm Springs and 114 in Thermal. The highest recorded temperature in the region was in Indio, which got to 116.
Things To Do
Kick off the holiday weekend with some good eats:
- Food As Art: An Evening with Guest Chef Álvaro Clavijo: The Aster’s culinary pop-up series Food as Art continues from May 26 to 28, with Chef Clavijo bringing his avant-garde twist on classic Latin American flavors for a five-course dinner on the rooftop.
Check out our full list of things to do this holiday weekend.
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