It will be clear, cold and dry when the the clock strikes midnight in San Diego, but rain is expected to return to the region as early as Sunday.
“High pressure over the interior West will provide a clear and dry start to 2016,” the San Diego office of the National Weather Service said. “Midnight conditions will be somewhat warmer west of the mountains courtesy of weak offshore winds, with temps in the 40s and low 50s for most areas.
“The mountains and upper deserts, however, will remain quite cold in the 20s and 30s as they ring in the new year,” the weather service added.
Lows overnight Thursday will be 35 to 48 along the coast and 33 to 41 inland.
New Year’s Day will be mostly sunny with highs 62 to 67 along the coast and light winds. It will be a few degrees cooler inland.
The weather service said rain is in the forecast for next week, thanks to a strengthening of the southern jet stream across the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
“A series of weather systems will arrive next week, with the first chance of rain as early as Sunday night,” the weather service said. “Bottom line, it looks like a relatively wet start to 2016.”
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