A surfer watches waves at La Jolla Shores beach. Photo by Chris Stone
A surfer watches waves at La Jolla Shores beach. Photo by Chris Stone

Morning marine layer clouds west of the San Diego County mountains were expected to clear midday Sunday with mostly sunny skies in all areas this afternoon, the National Weather Service said.

The cloud layer Sunday morning was deep enough for areas of light rain and drizzle in the county. Rain totals included nine tenths of an inch at Miramar, seven tenths at Montgomery Field, and four tenths at Del Mar and Kearney Mesa, the NWS reported.

High temperatures along the coast Sunday are predicted to reach 68 degrees, 73 to 78 in the western valleys, 71 to 80 in the mountains and 90 to 95 in the deserts, according to the weather agency.

Weak ridging Sunday should bring a warmer and less windy conditions in the mountains and deserts compared to Saturday. The ridge was expected to gradually squash the deep marine layer and once the low clouds clear, the temperatures should rise into the upper 70s and low 80s.

Monday was expected to be the warmest day of the week, the NWS said. Tuesday through Thursday were expected be breezy and a little cooler.

A strong Pacific storm was forecast to bring windy, colder weather Friday with a chance for showers.

Dry and warmer weather was expected next weekend behind the departing storm.

Gusts of 20 to 25 knots were expected to develop each afternoon and evening through Wednesday in outer coastal waters, mainly near San Clemente Island. The highest gusts will be Monday and Tuesday.

City News Service contributed to this article.