The offshore winds pumping up the temperatures around Southern California slacked off Tuesday, prompting the National Weather Service to cancel its red flag fire warnings across Los Angeles County, but the unseasonably warm weather should persist through Thanksgiving.
Temperatures topped out in the upper 70s along the coast and in the mid 80s in the valleys and inland areas today, as high pressure and winds out of the northeast scrubbed the skies free of clouds and fog. But the NWS dropped its wind advisories for most areas by midmorning, then canceled red flag warnings this afternoon.
“The winds weren’t nearly as strong as anticipated, but we’ll still have warm, clear weather,” NWS forecaster Curt Kaplan said. “It’ll be clear and a little breezy.”
Los Angeles should have some of the best weather in the nation on Thanksgiving, with metro highs in the 70s and low 80s. Some inland areas will push into the mid and upper 80s, he said. Overnight lows will be mostly in the 50s and 60s.
Relative humidities will remain low, and temperatures will remain at least 10 degrees above normal for this time of year, according to the NWS.
Rain and snow is forecast for Thanksgiving in much of the Midwest and along the East Coast.
The Southland’s balmy weather should persist through Friday, Kaplan said, but a winter-style storm should arrive Sunday night and produce “significant” rain.
“We don’t know how much we’ll get yet, but it should be stronger than the storm around Halloween,” he said.
The rainy weather should continue through Monday morning, he said. The low-pressure system expected to produce rain Sunday could be a hassle for holiday travelers driving back to Los Angeles, but snow shouldn’t be a problem, Kaplan said.
“It’s coming from a little farther west (as a opposed to the Gulf of Alaska), so it’s not as cold, and we don’t expect snow to affect the I-5 corridor,” he said.
— City News Service
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