Cooler temperatures — and maybe some showers — headed to SoCal this weekend.
The Golden State’s most famous weatherman said the “best of the rest” as parts of California and the southern and northern regions of the state see their warmest weather from late Friday through Sunday.
Los Angeles received 15 to 20 percent more than normal rain during the last 10 days, which boosted the city’s average high temperature to 95.5. San Diego also recorded more rain than the average but it’s slightly cooler — average high of 79.
However, the city of Southern California’s average high — the highest is in Tijuana at 96.7 — is cooler than normal, with a high of 93.7.
“We’ll have dryness from Saturday to Sunday in the mountains,” said the weatherman. “The rain is good but not too much. … The good news is that we’ll have some showers here and a little bit of a chance for a little bit of rain Friday.”
In L.A., Saturday reached record-high temperatures at 81.1 in the morning, topping the previous high of 80.5 on Jan. 13, 1983. On Friday, it was 76.9 degrees, topping the previous high of 75.1 in the same date.
And if that seems like a lot of heat, the Weather Channel predicted a dry weekend: “We’re seeing a high pressure ridge off the coast that’s trying to bring some rain to Southern California.”
That doesn’t mean there’s no chance for rain. The Los Angeles Fire Department said a wetter weekend is possible because another low pressure system over the ocean.
So far, the week ended with an El Nino of 0.2 degrees Celsius, which is below the average for the time of year.
But on Monday, it was just 0.1 degrees Celsius, which will give way to next week’s higher El Nino. The only El Niño this late in the season is expected to be 1.5 degrees Celsius.
And while the average high for the week is set to be 80.9 Celsius, L.A. and Ventura County will set their highs at 77.1 degrees, well below the 70 degree normal.
The high pressure system is expected to bring more rain on Monday, the