Cooler temperatures — and maybe some showers — headed to SoCal this weekend. According to weather.com, the average high near Los Angeles International Airport will be near a balmy 80 degrees on Sunday and 81 on Monday.
On the way to that high: A warm front will be passing through from Oklahoma into central Texas; gusty winds, partly over the mountains but also bringing a high-pressure system into the area; a dry, cold rain — with showers — that could bring relief to the region’s parched infrastructure; and a cool-down ahead of another hot day to come on Wednesday, bringing relief to many.
Here’s a look at the weather ahead on Sunday:
Winds, rain and a chilly Sunday
On Sunday, the National Weather Service forecasts a high near 81 degrees in Los Angeles and 82 degrees in Burbank, according to weather.com. It peeks at 80 degrees in Santa Clarita and San Fernando, with lows of 62 degrees in Redondo Beach.
The high could be topped, however, if a brief cold front passes through late in the morning or early in the evening and brings a gusty southerly wind at speeds of 15 to 20 miles per hour to the area, NWS said.
The high winds could also produce a strong cold front that would whip through the area Sunday afternoon, bringing snow to the hills and low desert.
It could also produce a brief period of rain — with heavy precipitation around midday — with winds of up to 30 mph, according to NWS.
“Wind gusts up to 26 mph expected late Sunday afternoon and early Sunday evening,” NWS said. “The gusty winds will produce heavy rain, possibly causing localized flooding.”
The weather forecast also includes a brief storm in the morning, a cold front on Sunday afternoon and evening and then a period of precipitation around midday.
The morning rain could reduce temperatures in the low 70s and bring a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, according to the NWS. Winds could be very gusty in the hills and near the coast, while the morning wind could decrease the chance of rain to less than half an inch, according to the NWS.
The morning storm would bring heavy precipitation in