INTERAGENCY FIRE WEATHER CENTER PREDICTIVE SERVICES UNIT

 

THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2015

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GEOGRAPHICAL AREA COORDINATION CENTER

RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA

***Scattered thunderstorms today, but much fewer storms expected over the weekend***

A few light showers and one or two embedded thunderstorms extend from the Mojave Desert into the central San Joaquin Valley early this morning. This band of precipitation is quickly moving northwest at 20 mph. Widespread cloudiness over Central California will inhibit storm development this afternoon north of Kern County, but Southern California should see far more afternoon sunshine. As a result, thunderstorm development may be a bit more widespread across the Angeles, San Bernardino and Cleveland National Forests compared to yesterday. Temperatures will still be 5-10 degrees above normal with highs in the 90s in the valleys to 110 in the deserts. Minimum RH should be above 20% outside the deserts. Friday into the weekend, expect far less convection as southwesterly flow pushes nearly all the subtropical moisture eastward. There will still be a few afternoon storms across the Sierras and the eastern flank of the Cleveland National Forest eastward into the deserts this weekend, but the rest of the area will be mostly sunny and hazy. Temperatures will cool off 2-5 degrees each day Saturday through the first part of next week, and by Monday and Tuesday, highs will be near normal for this time of year. Marine layer status will likely return to the coast and interior valleys next week. It may turn breezy across the Kern County Mountains, Antelope Valley and Banning Pass during the afternoon hours beginning next Sunday. Next week looks mild overall with little, if any, storm activity. END/RK

 

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