Cold weather to chill San Diego through Friday


Don’t put away that coat. You’ll need it through Friday.

The mass of cold air that sank into San Diego County is going to linger until late in the week, and the clouds will return long enough to spit out a bit of rain.

“Monday and Tuesday were the coldest days we’ve had since about this time last year,” said Brett Albrecht, a forecaster at the National Weather Service. “It was 10 to 15 degrees below average across the county.

“We’ll have the same pattern until Friday. The storms aren’t bringing much rain, but they’re bringing cold and people have really noticed it in the wind.”

On Tuesday, San Diego International Airport had a high of 60 degrees, which is five degrees below average. The winds have been gusting above 10 mph, particularly at the coast, given the air bite.

Escondido also reached 60 on Tuesday. But Carlsbad topped out at 54 and Oceanside Harbor at 59. It was 55 in Alpine.

“The temperature is really going to drop tonight. But it won’t be as bad when the clouds come in. They trap heat from the day.”

Until now, San Diego has been experiencing a mostly mild winter. A storm is January dropped two inches or more of rain in some areas. But San Diego’s seasonal rainfall is currently about 4.39 inches below normal.

Here’s a sample of temperatures at 3:30 a.m.Tuesday, provided by the National Weather Service: Santa Ysabela, 18; Sky Oaks, 20; Julian, 21; Wynola, 23; Morena Valley, 25; Pine Hills, 25; Campo, 27; Boulevard, 28; Winchester, 28; Alpine, 29; Descanso, 29; Barona, 30; Viejas, 30; Poway, 34; Olivenhain, 34; Santa Ysabel, 34; Carlsbad, 34; Miramar Reservoir, 34; Del Mar, 35; Oceanside Airport, 36; Vista, 36; Rancho Bernardo, 37; La Costa, 37; Mira Mesa, 38; Chula Vista, 38; Mission Valley, 38; Montgomery Field, 39; San Marcos, 39; Miramar, 39; Imperial Beach, 44; San Diego International Airport, 44; SeaWorld, 45.