Warmer weather on tap for Southern California after weekend of storms
Storms lashed the region Saturday, bringing with them heavy rain and flooding along the coastline. The rains soaked Central Los Angeles, as well as other cities in the region, including downtown San Diego.
The National Weather Service and the county of San Diego say they expect temperatures to cool early next week, but forecasters predict some of California’s worst temperatures in the last decade.
They said on Saturday that the weekend’s rain and flooding, and the heavy temperatures during overnight lows, will continue to bring relief to Southern California.
A weekend of storms
The storms began Saturday morning in Southern California, with the National Weather Service warning that heavy rainstorms would hit the region later in the day, as well as along the coast.
The rainfall wasn’t just expected at the start of the day, but continued into the afternoon, causing rivers on the western side of the L.A. Basin to crest, with more expected in the early evening.
According to the National Weather Service, that region includes Los Angeles County, Ventura County, Orange County, Riverside County, San Diego County, and San Francisco County.
The California Highway Patrol, which is responsible for highways in California, issued a road closure for Interstate 5 as well as Interstate 15, as well as State Route 54, which runs between San Diego and the Mexico border near San Ysidro.
This photo made available by the National Weather Service was taken on Saturday afternoon near San Diego. It shows an aerial view of the flooding and river erosion along Interstate 5, north of Interstate 15 in the area of the city of Cuyamaca. (National Weather Service via AP)
The weather service also said that the storms had moved through Southern California and parts of Southern Nevada by Saturday night.
In Southern California, some areas reported between three and six inches of rain in a single hour.
In Central Los Angeles, some parts saw up to two feet of rain within the hour.
In San Diego County, which has more than 1 million residents, between 0.5 and 1.4 inches of rain fell in the six hours ending at