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Your SoCal Weather Report For May 5: Drizzly Then Sunny, But Don't Leave Home Without A Sweater

A screenshot of a map showing Southern California and the coast. Numbers are atop every region ranging from 0 to 33.
A graph showing the likelihood of rain throughout the day on Friday, May 5
(Courtesy National Weather Service)
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Today will be cool with light, scattered showers lingering in the morning for Los Angeles and Orange Counties, with rain expected to trail off by the afternoon.

Quick Facts
    • Today’s weather: Cool and drizzly
    • Beaches: Highs in the low 60s, 20-40% chance of rain
    • Mountains: Highs in the mid-40s, chance of winds up to 25 mph
    • Inland: Scattered morning showers, highs in the low 60s

The afternoon will be sunnier over on the coast, while inland and mountain areas will see cloudy skies. Highs today won’t break away from the 60s for most of the region.

According to the National Weather Service, there is a slight chance that showers will return tonight and last until tomorrow morning, but the rest of the weekend will likely remain dry.

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Areas above 5,000 feet elevation face just a 20% chance of light snow, as the bulk of the storm has moved on.

Yesterday, the Carson/Compton area saw something surprising: tornadoes. Two were recorded in the area, according to NWS.

This Day In History

Turns out tornadoes aren't completely unheard of at this time of year. On this day in 1998, what appeared to be a tornado hit San Bernardino and Rialto, shredding metal siding.

Things To Do

Today is Cinco de Mayo, the celebration of the Mexican victory in the Battle of Puebla in 1862. The holiday's roots are rarely celebrated outside the region, but Americans have taken May 5 as a day to dine on Mexican food and drink a ton.

You can take advantage of Cinco de Mayo specials almost anywhere today, but here are a couple choice selections:

  • Cinco de Mayo Drag Loteria: Guerrilla Tacos in Downtown L.A. is holding an event from 7 to 11 p.m. to support the ACLU’s Drag Defense Fund. There will be performances, loteria, and taco and drink specials.
  • Mariachi Arcoiris: The Abbey Food & Bar welcomes the world’s first and only LGBTQ mariachi band for live music and entertainment beginning at 5 p.m.  

Check out our full list of things to do this weekend.

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