After a stormy Memorial Day weekend, summer sun has finally arrived in Pacific Palisades. Weeks of overcast, gusty weather and temperatures in the mid to low 60s are being cleared away by sunny, blue skies and temperatures with highs in the low to mid 70s.
Storms last week closed Los Angeles beaches up and down the coast from El Segundo to Malibu, with rare displays of thunder and lightning on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 22, prompting lightning advisories and requests to shelter indoors from LA County Lifeguards.
“We received .19 inches of rain on May 22,” resident rain expert Craig Weston told the Palisadian-Post. “We then received .03 inches on May 26, bringing the May total to 1.60 inches and the yearly total to 25.15 inches, with totals running from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.”
“We are probably over the stormy weather,” added meteorologist Jay Rosenthal.
“There is still a chance of thunderstorms over the mountains spilling into the region over the next few weeks, but only a chance.”
With sun have come surfers, who lined Will Rogers State Beach over Memorial Day weekend to celebrate the change in weather. Beach patrols have also begun across the oceanfront, giving surfers the comfort of a lifeguard’s watchful eye.
“We have year-round beach activity here in Los Angeles, but we’ve had less people this year because of the rain,” a lifeguard at Tower 7 told the Post. “Pacific Palisades has a couple lifeguards year-round.
“At Will Rogers headquarters, you have a patrol year-round starting at 8 a.m. and a lifeguard truck. They patrol the whole beach and they’ll hire a lifeguard at Temescal if it’s warranted. If it’s raining and freezing cold, we don’t open the tower. It’s all based on weather activity and surf conditions.”
But it looks like surf is up for the Palisades, with temperatures remaining in the high 60s to low 70s throughout the week ahead, with nighttime lows of around 57 degrees and light, breezy 10 mph winds from the southwest.