Marine Layer

‘May Gray' Clears to Sunshine in San Diego to Start the Month

Clouds from a thick marine layer will break up by mid- to late-morning but were expected to return overnight

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San Diego is getting a touch of "May gray" to start the month but, fear not, those clouds won't stick around for long.

We do have sunshine on the way... but this morning, yeah, we do have the marine layer around," NBC 7 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen said. "So, there's our May gray already but it's not going to stick around all day because it is going to be nice later on."

May gray is usually attributed to a thick marine layer that spreads inland during the month of May. It can sometimes bring light precipitation but wasn't expected to wet the ground Monday.

Gray skies were stretching all the way to San Diego's mountain ranges where there was a "beautiful sunrise" at the peaks "but you got to be above the clouds to see that," Parveen said.

NBC 7 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen shows a live feed of the sunrise in East County, which could only be seen at the tips of the mountain ranges due to a thick marine layer stretching inland.

Clouds will break up by mid- to late-morning, taking a little longer to clear along the coast, but they were expected to return overnight.

"Sometimes for the coast, they stick around all day but for today, we're going to see sunshine," Parveen said.

NBC 7 Meteorologist Brian James said on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday there will be less marine layer and cloud cover and temperatures will be warmer. "So for Cinco de Mayo on Thursday, the weather looks great and it looks we're going to have really nice weather carry over into mom's day weekend as well," James said.

James said San Diego County will cool back down over the weekend and we're expected to see more marine layer cloud cover. "I don't expect anything in terms of opportunity for showers and storms," James said. "Rain chances stay unfortunately very low."

The thick marine layer is also keeping temperatures average for this time of year -- in the upper-70s for the coast and mid-70s for the inland valleys.

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