'Veil' lifts along the coast

Before there was May gray, before there was June gloom, San Diego had “El velo de la luz,” or the veil of the light.

The veil covered the sky Wednesday morning — no surprise for June. But most of it lifted by late morning at the coast and hours earlier inland.

Next week, the veil might be put away for a few days, and the coast could see some of its highest temperatures in a month.

“El velo de la luz” was the term used in “The Climate and Weather of San Diego California,” published in 1913, to describe the persistent low clouds common to the region in the spring. The book, written by a local forecaster and a man who worked for what was then called the United States Weather Bureau, said the “velo” was a cloud common to the Pacific coast.

“The screening of this region from the sun’s rays is so thoroughly accomplished that, during a normal summer’s day, the sun breaks through the velo cloud about 10 o’clock, the sky clearing shortly afterwards and remaining free from clouds until abut sunset,” the authors wrote.

The term “velo” may have eventually vanished, and May gray and June gloom became the preferred phrases, but the 105-year-old forecast was not too far off for Wednesday.

“There is an eddy out there, and it’s keeping things hanging on,” National Weather Service forecasater Phil Gonsalves said. “But there should be at least some partial clearing at the coast.”

The coast should nudge 70 degrees Wednesday, and the inland valleys should reach the mid to upper 70s.

“It looks like we’ll get a little bump up in the temperatures for the rest of the work week, primarily inland,” Gonsalves said. “Along the coast, people won’t see a big difference.”

The valleys should be in the 80s Friday through Sunday, while the coast warms to the mid 70s.

High pressure building over the region early next week is expected to reduce or eliminate “el velo” and lift temperatures Tuesday into the high 70s along the coast and the low 90s in the some of the inland valleys.

San Diego has not been warmer than 75 degrees since May 4, when it was 80.


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