Friday, June 21st marks the first day of summer, an occasion The Weather plans to ring in with a week of sweaty storms and nearly unbroken cloud cover. I take not a single ounce of pleasure in reporting that our meteorological overlords would seem to fall firmly in the "summer sucks" camp, based on the fully fledged tantrum gathering on the horizon.
Today, for example: As you'll have noticed, it's pouty out there, all soggy and warm with sullen gray skies. The odds that we see the sun appear slim—although we will still feel the heat, with highs around 80 that feel more like 88, due to soul-squelching humidity—but we will probably see rain. According to the National Weather Service, a small chance of precipitation could escalate to a full chance around 2 p.m., and then to a likelihood around 6 p.m. That rain is currently projected to persist through, you truly hate to see it, Friday. However, it may become less likely by Tuesday evening, and we may enjoy moments of dryness scattered amongst the storms.
Here, take a look at this terrifying chart. For reference, "Schc" means "small chance," "Chc" means "chance," "Lkly" means "likely" (i.e., a 60-to-70 percent chance), and "Ocnl" means "occasional":
Today and into tomorrow, a likelihood of downpour. (National Weather Service)
And this one:
The downpour persists, now with added thunderstorm! (The National Weather Service)
And, just to really round out this picture of hell, a third:
All the way through Friday, baby. (The National Weather Service)
From now through Thursday, temps will likely hover in the mid-to-high-70s arena, with the humidity consistently making the air feel markedly warmer than it actually is. Mercifully, this grim weather pattern looks poised to break by Saturday, which the NWS currently expects will be warm—lows in the mid-60s, highs around 78—and mostly sunny. Sunday, meanwhile, looks much the same, maybe even somewhat sunnier. The weekend remains very far away, though, and as with any weather situation, this one is subject to change at any given moment because The Weather cares not for your personal planning preferences.
But, if things go according to schedule, we may have at least two potential beach days looming like a giant blinding bright spot at the end of the week. Of course, all this precipitation could trigger a rain-induced sewage overflow into the ocean. The city health department, which keeps tabs on beach water quality, has no hard rule on how long you must avoid the sea after heavy rainfall, but generally recommends that you abstain from taking a dip for 12 to 24 hours when there's been 1.5 to 2.5 inches of rainfall within the past day. For updates on real-time aquatic poop levels, you can either call 311 or text "BEACH" or "PLAYA" to 877-877. So, see you there on Sunday maybe?