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Rain, Cool Temperatures Headed For San Diego

Aired 10/3/11 on KPBS News.

Rain, Cool Temperatures Headed For San Diego

A set of cold Pacific storms from Alaska are making their way to San Diego, bringing scattered showers and significantly cooler temperatures.

Forecasters say the biggest punch, expected on Wednesday, will bring periods of heavy downpours and gusty winds, with rainfall totals reaching a quarter- to a half-inch along the coast and 1 to 2 inches in the mountains.

“After today, things are going to change drastically. It will be tough to even get out of the 60s in many areas starting tomorrow and going in through Thursday and possibly into Friday,” said Meteorologist Ivory Small with the National Weather Service.

Small said despite the rain, the wildfire risk will likely continue.

“If it doesn’t rain after this rainfall, we have a lot of brush and pretty much brown hillsides, and that can still be a factor if a fire starts at the same time as Santa Ana winds."

Santa Ana winds typically arrive around the middle of October and can dry up moisture within hours.

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