Raindrops in a puddle of water. Photo via Wikipedia Commons.

The San Diego area received light rain Wednesday night, but dry conditions and Santa Ana winds are forecast to return on Thursday.

The National Weather Service office in San Diego said the maximum rainfall of .17 inches was measured in Del Mar and the Elfin Forest.

“Wet roads were a rare sight across portions of the area overnight, but quick drying is expected,” according to the weather service.

The forecast for Thursday, which is the first day of winter, calls for mostly sunny conditions with highs 62 to 67 along the coast and 54 to 59 near the foothills. Northeast winds will be 15 mph with gusts to 25 mph.

It will be cold Thursday night, with lows in the 30s and 40s in sheltered areas.

Farther north, there are red flag fire weather conditions in much of Orange, Riverside, Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Ventura counties because of the Santa Ana winds.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.