Leslie Lopez Weather Discussion – Thursday, August 21, 2014

Happy Thursday! It is going to be a beautiful day in most spots across the county. There will be partly cloudy skies for our coastal and inland areas with warm temperatures! Ahh, sounds nice! But, a chance for some thunderstorms still remains in the mountains and deserts.

With the cut-off low still hovering to the southwest, its progression east may be slow enough to develop deep convection over the mountains and deserts. If that’s the case, count on more thunderstorms this afternoon once daytime heating begins. Right now, it looks like the low is indeed moving slowly.

By tomorrow, the low will finally move out of here and right to the east, eventually settling over the four corner states. That will leave us with drier weather and by next work week, a ridge will form further drying and warming us up.

At the beaches, the marine layer will be thicker for the late evenings and early mornings during the next few days. If you are planning on hitting the beaches, it’s going to be great for you surfers! The swell is building and by the weekend, 4-5 footers are expected with occasional 7-foot waves rolling in. The big surf is prompting a Beach Hazards Statement, so be safe out there – strong rip currents are expected.

Oh, and if you were wondering, yesterday in San Diego we had 95 lightning strikes over land and 129 strikes over coastal waters! In Riverside County, they received 497 strikes, while San Bernardino saw 121 strikes!! Incredible for southern California this time of year!

This viewer photo is from Debbie Howell in Cardiff. It looks like the beautiful plumeria tree in her back yard was hit by lightning! WHOA!!!!!

7-day outlook issued by the National Weather Service as of Thursday 11am:

REST OF TODAY…PARTLY CLOUDY. HIGHS 73 TO 78 NEAR THE COAST TO 77 TO 82 INLAND. LIGHT WINDS BECOMING WEST 15 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.

TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY IN THE EVENING…BECOMING MOSTLY CLOUDY. PATCHY FOG OVERNIGHT. LOWS 62 TO 67. LIGHT WINDS.

FRIDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY IN THE MORNING…BECOMING MOSTLY SUNNY. PATCHY FOG IN THE MORNING. HIGHS 74 TO 79 NEAR THE COAST TO 79 TO 84 INLAND. LIGHT WINDS.

FRIDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR IN THE EVENING…BECOMING PARTLY CLOUDY. PATCHY FOG OVERNIGHT. LOWS 60 TO 67. LIGHT WINDS.

SATURDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY IN THE MORNING…BECOMING MOSTLY SUNNY. PATCHY FOG IN THE MORNING. HIGHS 74 TO 79 NEAR THE COAST TO 77 TO 82 INLAND. LIGHT WINDS.

SATURDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR IN THE EVENING…BECOMING MOSTLY CLOUDY. PATCHY FOG OVERNIGHT. LOWS 61 TO 66.

SUNDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY IN THE MORNING…BECOMING MOSTLY SUNNY. PATCHY FOG IN THE MORNING. HIGHS 73 TO 78 NEAR THE COAST TO 77 TO 82 INLAND.

SUNDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR IN THE EVENING…BECOMING MOSTLY CLOUDY. PATCHY FOG OVERNIGHT. LOWS 61 TO 66.

MONDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY IN THE MORNING…BECOMING MOSTLY SUNNY. PATCHY FOG IN THE MORNING. HIGHS 73 TO 78 NEAR THE COAST TO 78 TO 83 INLAND.

MONDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR IN THE EVENING…BECOMING MOSTLY CLOUDY. PATCHY FOG OVERNIGHT. LOWS 62 TO 67.

TUESDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY IN THE MORNING…BECOMING MOSTLY SUNNY. PATCHY FOG IN THE MORNING. HIGHS 74 TO 79 NEAR THE COAST TO 79 TO 84 INLAND.

TUESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR IN THE EVENING…BECOMING MOSTLY CLOUDY. PATCHY FOG OVERNIGHT. LOWS 62 TO 67.

WEDNESDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY IN THE MORNING…BECOMING MOSTLY SUNNY. PATCHY FOG IN THE MORNING. HIGHS 75 TO 80 NEAR THE COAST TO 82 TO 87 INLAND.

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