The National Weather Service warns of strong rip currents for Ventura and Los Angeles County beaches through this evening.
A subsiding long period south swell will continue to cause the rip currents along area beaches, including including Venice Beach
Higher surf and stronger rip currents will be on south and southwest facing beaches with surf of 3 to 5 feet. Strong longshore currents are also expected. The surf and rip currents will subside this evening into Tuesday.
There is an increased risk of ocean drowning as rip currents can pull swimmers and surfers out to sea. Caution should be used when in or near the water. Stay near occupied lifeguard towers and never swim alone. If caught in a rip current swim parallel to the shore.
The beach hazards warning will remain in effect until Tuesday afternoon.
A weak storm will push into the Southland today dropping temperatures and carrying a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before giving way to warmer weather by the weekend.
According to the National Weather Service, the gusty winds that battered parts of the Southland Monday and lingered in mountain areas this morning have largely died down. An upper-level low-pressure system will move into the area Wednesday, but it will have “limited moisture” and only a slight chance of rain, bringing primarily partly cloudy skies for most of the area.
Mountain and inland areas have the best chance to see some moisture Wednesday night into Thursday, including a chance of thunderstorms that could drift into the valleys, according to the NWS.
“Brief heavy rain and small hail will again be possible, but very
isolated,” according to the NWS. “Many areas will likely see nothing or just sprinkles from decaying storms off the (mountains). A pretty strong onshore push (is) expected again Wednesday afternoon and there could be some wind gusts into the low 30s for coastal areas, and possibly some advisory-level west-to-northwest winds in the mountains and Antelope Valley late Wednesday afternoon into Thursday morning.”
Temperatures will dip as the system moves through, with downtown Los Angeles and Long Beach expected to top out at 71 on Wednesday, while it’ll reach 67 at Los Angeles International Airport, the mid- to upper-60s across much of Orange County and the low- to mid-70s in the valleys.
The temperature will be a few degrees cooler across the board on
Thursday, then rebound by Friday and continue to increase through the weekend, according to the Weather Service.
Wet and windy conditions will continue throughout the
weekend in Los Angeles, and will spill over into next week as well.
Today’s forecast calls for showers and a slight chance of afternoon
thunderstorms, especially in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The wind will be from the south at around 15 miles an hour. Today’s highs will only reach the low to mid 60s.
The chance of measurable rain is 50 percent today, and 20 percent
tonight and Sunday, when there is also a slight chance of more thunderstorms.
The National Weather Service predicts dryer and warmer conditions Tuesday and Wednesday before another storm system moves into the area on Thursday.
Gusty west to northwest winds will affect much of southwest California today and expect the blustery conditions to continue throughout tonight in Venice Beach.
The National Weather Service says a cold upper level trough over Northern California will dive southward through the day and this, in combination with a strong onshore flow, will bring the widespread, gusty winds.
Capable of downing trees and downing power lines in some locations, the strongest winds today will occur across the Antelope Valley. Damaging wind gusts to 60 mph and restricted visibilities due to blowing dust are likely.
West winds will increase to between 15 to 25 mph with damaging gusts to 40 mph this afternoon. The blustery conditions are expected to persist through mid-evening. Winds will be strongest this afternoon and evening, with the National Weather Service in Los Angeles saying the wind advisory will remain in effect until 9pm tonight
Precautions can be taken to avoid property damage by securing all loose outdoor furniture in advance of the onset of the strongest winds. When driving use extra caution and be prepared for sudden gusty cross winds.
Venice local Filmington aka Venny-Beachy has some tips for getting by on a blustery day…