A UCSD student struggles with her umbrella amid high wind. Photo by Chris Stone

A low-pressure atmospheric system brought a second day of modest rainfall and gusty winds to the San Diego area Tuesday in advance of what promises to be a brief respite of sunny skies and warmer temperatures.

By late afternoon, the showers were diminishing in intensity and becoming increasingly scattered as the unsettled conditions dissipated in the region, according to forecasters.

Over the 48-hour period ending at 4 p.m., according to the National Weather Service, the banks of dark clouds had dropped 3.58 inches of moisture in Birch Hill; 3 inches in Pine Hills; 2.57 in Mesa Grande; 2.35 at Lake Cuyamaca; 2.2 in Descanso; 2.19 on Volcan Mountain; 2.08 in Julian; 1.76 on Mount Woodson; 1.7 on Mount Laguna; 1.47 on Palomar Mountain and in Santa Ysabel; 1.46 at Lake Wohlford; 1.35 in Alpine; 1.2 in Rincon Springs; and 1.04 in Warner Springs.

Other precipitation totals included 0.99 of an inch of precipitation in Oceanside; 0.9 in Bonsall and San Onofre; 0.78 in Fallbrook; 0.77 in Ramona; 0.76 in Harbison Canyon; 0.75 in San Diego Country Estates and Skyline Ranch; 0.73 in Valley Center and Vista; 0.64 in Encinitas; 0.59 in San Marcos; 0.55 in Carlsbad; 0.53 in Barona; 0.52 in Escondido; 0.5 at Miramar Lake; 0.39 in Flinn Springs and La Mesa; 0.38 in Poway; 0.33 in Santee; 0.3 in Lakeside; 0.27 on Dulzura Summit; 0.26 in Scripps Ranch; 0.19 in Linda Vista; 0.18 in Point Loma; 0.16 in Del Mar; 0.15 in Chula Vista; 0.13 at Lindbergh Field; 0.08 in El Cajon; and 0.03 in Borrego Palm Canyon and Lemon Grove.

The showers were expected to dissipate further and cease altogether overnight. A wind advisory was slated to remain in effect until 10 p.m. for the mountains and deserts.

Building high pressure will usher in dry and warmer weather Wednesday and Thursday prior to the arrival of another storm that may deliver more blustery and wet conditions Friday and into the weekend, meteorologists said.

–City News Service

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