Thunderstorms, wind forecast for today

Thunderstorms, wind forecast for today

A long overdue rain storm is forecast to hit San Diego County today, greeting those hoping to enjoy this Labor Day weekend, and possibly dampening weekend holiday plans.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory. Computer models show thunderstorms will be moving through northern and southern San Diego County, but the possibility of precipitation and winds missing Scripps Ranch seems unlikely, although the area might not be hit as hard as other parts of San Diego. Those hoping to travel to the beaches should plan on having activities interrupted this afternoon. Driving in the eastern part of the county will also be affected.

Humidity will be high today. Warm, damp air has already settled upon Scripps Ranch this morning, but a break in last week’s hot spell can be expected starting Monday.

Report from the National Weather Service

Expect gusty east winds strengthening into the afternoon. The remnants of Tropical Storm Lidia will track northwestward today off the coasts of northern Baja and Southern California. This will bring locally strong gusty east winds, especially for the mountains into the valleys. Temperatures will warm into the upper 80s to upper 90s … with some cooling during the afternoon.

San Diego County Coastal Areas — Wind advisory remains in effect until 8 p.m. this evening.

East winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts 35 to 45 mph.

Timing — Strengthening into the afternoon then decreasing during the evening.

Location — Strongest winds below the San Gorgonio Pass, through and below the canyons in the Santa Ana Mountains, and near the foothills of the San Diego County mountains.

Impacts — Difficulty driving for high profile vehicles. Small tree branches may break. Lightweight loose outdoor objects may blow away.

A wind advisory means that winds of 35 mph are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.

Beach Hazards Statement
Expect scattered thunderstorms at the beaches. Thunderstorms will be possible just about any time today at the beaches, with the threat of lightning, strong winds and heavy downpours. The beach hazards statement is in effect now through this evening. The best chance of thunderstorms will be this afternoon, but could occur any time today.

Impacts include deadly lightning and heavy downpours. Strong winds will make for rough and erratic surf conditions and possibly flying objects at the beaches.

A beach hazards statement is issued when threats such as strong rip currents, elevated surf heights, minor tidal overflow or lightning are possible at local beaches. Obey posted warning signs and flags, and talk to a lifeguard before swimming. Use caution when in or near, the water and always swim near a lifeguard.

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