The mild, dry weather San Diego has been experiencing for weeks will last through New Year’s Day while much of the nation experiences excruciating cold.
A dome of high pressure continues to linger on the West Coast, blocking winter storms from dropping into Southern California.
San Diego has received only 0.09 inches of precipitation since the rainy season began on October 1. The average for this period is 2.88 inches. If the city doesn’t receive more rain through January 5, San Diego will have notched the driest start to the rainy season on record. Right now, it’s the second driest.
“The high pressure system has moved a little west, a little east, then back to where it was, so the weather has been nice,” said Derek Schroeter, a forecaster with the National Weather Service.
“We’re not expecting any rain through January 5.”
San Diego’s average high temperature this time of year is 64 degrees. The figure will be several degrees higher on Friday, then it will gradually turn cooler, dropping to the 61- to 65-degree range on New Year’s Eve and 62 to 67 on New Year’s Day.
San Diego’s low temperatures also are expected to be comparatively mild. Shortly before midnight on Dec. 31st, the temperature will be about 50 degrees. By contrast, it will be 8 to 10 degrees in New York’s Times Square.
The county’s inland valleys will be in the upper 70s to mid-80s on Friday, then decline to 73 to 81 on Saturday, 70 to 77 on Sunday and 71 to 77 on Monday.
Forecasters say the surf will be in the 3- to 4-foot range at favored spots on Friday, and a bit higher on Saturday, especially in North County. But then the waves will drop to the 1- to 2-foot level for several days. The sea surface temperature is in the 59- to 62-degree level.
The mild weather might continue well into winter. The U.S. Climate Prediction Center says that a La Niña has developed in the equatorial Pacific. Such systems often result in below average rainfall in Southern California.
Earlier this week, the center said that Southern California is likely to have below average rain and above average temperatures through March.