Light Rain Possible Early Tuesday
Today will be mostly sunny throughout the day. High temperatures will end a good 5° above normal. The warmer air is due to a pre-frontal warm up. An approaching cold front, associated low pressure system moves across the northern part of the state today. We will clip the tail end of the front allowing for our quick warm up. However, that will bring strong winds across the western side of the valley floor and mountain passes. We will be close to advisory levels for the strong winds; gusts 35 MPH. Skies will become cloudy as the front passes. Clouds will build up along the western sides of the Tehachapis bringing a 10% chance for light rainfall over the mountains after midnight. Light drizzle forecast from midnight to 9 AM Tuesday. The Bakersfield area may see some drizzle. I will keep a 10% chance for the Bakersfield area. Why? Because I'm an optimistic weather forecaster and it has been 41 days since we've received measureable rainfall.
Temperatures will drop a good 10-degrees from today to Tuesday. Highs are forecast in the low to mid 80s this afternoon; low 70s for the mountains. Tomorrow the 70s return for the south valley; 60s in the mountains. The below normal conditions will last through Wednesday. Warmer weather returns by the end of the week. High pressure rebuilds to rise our temps above normal; upper 80s by Friday. Skies will be sunny with hazy skies.