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Strong Santa Ana Winds Blow Through San Diego as County Anticipates Weekend Rain

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Unseasonably warm temperatures that have made for beautiful weather the past couple of days will slowly come to an end as the end of our week brings the possibility of some rain.

Breezy Santa Ana winds have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a wind advisory for San Diego County mountains and valleys through 6 p.m. Friday. Winds will travel at speeds of 15 to 25 mph in impacted areas, with isolated gusts potentially reaching up to 50 mph.

Friday's forecast is as followed:

  • Coast – 74
  • Inland – 75
  • Mountains – 50
  • Deserts – 70

It’s thanks to an area of high pressure over Nevada and Utah that we have these offshore winds and this warming trend.

“So inland and the coast, we’ll see temperatures running near 10 degrees above normal for this time of the year,” NBC 7 Meteorologist Sheena Parveen said. “It’s all because of that area of high pressure still sending us the offshore flow."

Don’t get too used to these mild conditions, though, since the region’s weather will do quite the 180-degree turn.

"Saturday, we’ll have more of an onshore wind," Parveen said in her forecast on Friday. "That’s really going to cool us down. Saturday is going to be pretty chilly."

Along with decreased temps, wet weather could possibly close out our week.

"Sunday we’re going to see a chance of showers, still," Parveen said. "So it looks like mostly light rain then mountains can see a chance of snow showers."

Any bits of rain the county gets won't be very significant. Parveen forecasted that the average rainfall will be just about 1/10 of an inch of rain.

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