Skip to main content

LATEST UPDATES: Tracking COVID-19 | Vaccines | Racial Injustice

Strong, Gusty Winds Forecast For SD County Mountains, Deserts

Palm trees sway in the wind on a cloudy day in the San Carlos neighborhood of...

Photo by KPBS Staff

Above: Palm trees sway in the wind on a cloudy day in the San Carlos neighborhood of San Diego, California, May 2, 2021.

A deepening trough Sunday was predicted to keep strong and gusty winds over San Diego County mountains and deserts, and ensure another cool day, the National Weather Service said.

The marine layer deepened quite a bit overnight into Sunday, filling the entire coastal basin and even creeping into the edges of the deserts, forecasters said.

An eddy offshore continued Sunday morning, where some light showers were observed over southern San Diego County. These are expected to diminish by noon, as clouds struggle to clear parts of the coast Sunday afternoon.

Gusty winds of more than 55 mph occurred Saturday night and were expected to ramp up again Sunday afternoon and evening. Areas of blowing dust are expected in the deserts.

High temperatures in coastal areas Sunday were expected to be 65-70 degrees with overnight lows of 51-56. Highs in the valleys will be 67-72 with overnight lows of 46-53.

Mountain highs were expected to be 61-71 with overnight lows of 42-48. Desert highs will be 86-91 with overnight lows of 61-68.

At county beaches Sunday, a south swell was expected to generate elevated surf, with sets of 4 to 6 feet. Highest surf will impact south-facing beaches, where local sets to 7 feet will be possible. Rip current risk will be high, leading to dangerous swimming conditions.

For Monday, changes were expected as the trough moves east and surface winds turn northerly and gusty over northern portions of the area. This was expected to bring a return of drier air and signal a warming trend that might continue through Wednesday.

Across San Diego County, winds will remain onshore, but weaker, and the marine layer influence will shrink back toward the coast. Daytime highs were expected to gradually increase to 6-12 degrees above average by Wednesday.


San Diego News Now podcast branding

San Diego news; when you want it, where you want it. Get local stories on politics, education, health, environment, the border and more. New episodes are ready weekday mornings. Hosted by Anica Colbert and produced by KPBS, San Diego and the Imperial County's NPR and PBS station.

  • Need help keeping up with the news that matters most? Get the day's top news — ranging from local to international — straight to your inbox each weekday morning.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Curious San Diego banner

Want more KPBS news?
Find us on Twitter and Facebook, or sign up for our newsletters.

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader.