Crazy is the new normal for Southern California weather.
El Niño, expected by some to push relentless storms into Southern California over winter, has been a dud so far.
But that doesn't mean the weather has been tame. We had the warmest February on record when it comes to high temperatures. And, with spring finally here, we're getting rain.
But not before we get summer-like heat. Really.
High temps should stay similar to what we saw over the weekend — in the mid to upper 70s — and then kick up starting Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.
“High temps will trend up around five degrees on Tuesday,” the NWS said in a statement. “High temps are expected to reach the upper 80s and possibly a 90-degree reading in a few L.A. valley locations.”
A high-pressure system will dominate the region and push winds from inland toward the coast.
“Well-above-normal temperatures are likely for Tuesday and Wednesday as offshore flow develops,” the weather service stated.
Then Thursday will bring cooling and, possibly, rain. Some forecasters were calling for a double-digit drop in temperatures.
“Clouds and rain will arrive as early as Thursday evening and continue through the weekend,” states private forecaster AccuWeather. “Rain is expected to be off and on from Thursday night through the weekend, with the heaviest rain moving though Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon and the first half of Saturday night.”
Federal forecasters didn't seem as confident about Thursday night rain, but they did say there were high chances for “some light precipitation … sometime in the Friday-Sunday period.”
The National Weather Service said there was another chance of rain next Tuesday (April 12), though that's far enough out that the forecast could change.
Keep your umbrella handy. It's not summer yet.