Cooler temperatures — and maybe some showers — headed to SoCal this weekend. But the real story of the second half of August will be the one that unfolds as summer ends around the globe.
Here’s what you need to know about the coming month that will help you prepare for a summer that never ends.
1. There’s no such thing as an end to summer
Summer is a relatively short time here in Southern California; while you might be feeling like it’s been a long time since you’ve seen much sun in the sky, you’re not going anywhere.
You might not be able to drink as much as you would like, you might be tired more than usual when you sleep, and your friends might be taking their vacations in other places. But don’t fret, the rest isn’t going anywhere.
This is your summer, and what lies ahead of you is the start of a long series of months to come as the sun sets and the days grow shorter.
2. What’s in store for us over the second half of August?
Like a lot of things we are in the midst of, all of these new months and their accompanying weather patterns will have their share of surprises. While a little heat may not feel that bad in SoCal, things can get crazy in more extreme areas of the world.
Here’s a look at the key times for our region in the second half of August.
3. Daytime high temperatures for the second half of August and the rest of September in Southern California (and the rest of the United States)
So what heat will we see this weekend?
The latest data I have access to is from the National Weather Service’s National Climate Forecast Service:
Daytime highs are projected to climb to a high of 85 degrees or higher above the norm for this time of year on Saturday, Aug. 22.
In the San Joaquin Valley, daytime highs will climb to 82 degrees on Sunday, Aug. 23.
Highs will average 76 degrees in the San Francisco Bay Area on the same days.
Averages of the second half of August in other parts of California:
For the second half of August in Los Angeles: 78 degrees
For the second half of August