Has 2016 been the strangest weather year of all time?
It's not over yet, so we'll see. But let's recap: The El Niño that was supposed to bring catastrophic rains to Southern California was a no-show through spring. Then, winter saw a string of heat waves, producing the hottest February on record in L.A.
Now that we're in the midst of what is typically the hottest, sunniest month (some analysts argue that those titles belong to July), it's time for ... rain. Maybe.
A "deeper-than-normal marine layer" could help "bring some drizzle to portions of the forecast area," the National Weather Service said in a statement. "Patchy drizzle could develop just about anywhere."
A cooling trend was in store for SoCal through Thursday, national forecasters said.
We're looking at night and morning low clouds, fog along the coast and normal temperatures for much of the week, they said. Normal high temperatures for the L.A. Basin are in the mid-80s.
So all of this means that beaches could soon be
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Enjoy it while you can. Friday will bring a high pressure–fueled rise in temperatures. The system will help to burn off some of those beach clouds while bringing heat to inland areas.
Summer's not over yet.