As people batten down the hatches in the eastern part of the country in the path of Hurricane Sandy, residents in the Southland are basking in summer like temps.
Labeled as the ‘storm of the century’ the massive hurricane is expected to cause extensive damage as it moves inland.
“The storm will affect the eastern third of the country,” Weather Currents meteorologist Jim Purpura explained. “It will likely sit in the same place for a few days before heading north towards Canada.”
Purpura added that as the hurricane hits landfall, the energy will diminish and will turn into a winter storm bringing rain, wind and snow to that part of the country.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, warm temps are expected to continue in Riverside County as a dome of high-pressure sits over the Southwest region.
“The temps are above normal for this time of year,” Purpura said. “People may remember on January 1 of 2012, Weather Currents in Temecula recorded a record high temp of 89 degrees.”
Most residents craving cooler fall temps of will be relieved that a low-pressure trough is expected to arrive in SoCal on Wednesday bringing with it morning fog, low clouds and brisker temps.
“Wednesday through Friday, daytime temperatures will be in the 70′s.”
But, the heat isn’t out of the picture just yet. A ridge of high pressure is expected to creep back into the region on Saturday bringing with it hot weather over the weekend.
“Expect daytime highs in 80′s” Purpura added.
Stephanie D. Schulte is a writer/photographer with SWRNN. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.