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Here comes the sun: June gloom evaporates in July [Updated]

July 13, 2010 |  8:48 am

Police investigating a bright glow in the sky. Some believe it is the sun! Nice warm SUNNY morning in Hermosa Beach! Just in time for AVP!less than a minute ago via web

For those Southern Californians who had grown weary of the "June gloom" trend that had extended into July, the Tuesday morning sun was cause for relief and celebration.

"Wow! is this sunshine over Laguna early in the morning?? what a very pleasant surprise!!!" Gina Dody of Laguna Beach tweeted early Tuesday. "Perhaps june gloom has finally lifted july 13?!"

An extended low-pressure system, likely an after effect of the winter's El Nino pattern, has been hanging around for weeks, making for moist, mild weather that has extended well into July, forecasters said.

The unusual trend has thrown sun-loving Southern Californians for such a curve that some have dubbed it "July gloom" and wondered where their summer went.

But Tuesday morning a high-pressure system finally rolled in, bringing with it mostly sunny weather in the 80s and 90s, with temperatures expected to peak Friday.

"We're just getting a good week here of sunny weather," said Stuart Seto, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

As an unfettered sun shone brightly for the first time in weeks, the Twitter social networking site buzzed with Angelenos bidding farewell to the haze and welcoming the clear skies.

"Beautiful clear blue sky here in LA," Simon Majumdar typed. "Will make going to the gym a lot easier. So long June/July gloom."

But that doesn't mean summer weather is here to stay, Seto warned.

Come Monday, another low pressure system is expected and could bring another round of gloom.

For now, forecasters recommend basking in the sun while you can.

Unless, like Molly Snelson, you're apt to miss the unseasonably mild weather.

"It's warm & everyone is rejoicing," Snelson wrote, "But I'm already missing my June/July gloom :("

[Updated at 9:10 a.m.: Here's a link to a morning sun Twitter search for the 100 miles surrounding downtown L.A.]

-- Tony Barboza