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June gloom dims days, brings possible weekend drizzle

June 22, 2012 |  8:35 am


The summer solstice marked the official beginning of summer this week, but June gloom appears to be firmly in place and temperatures are expected to remain cool over the weekend, the National Weather Service says.

Despite Wednesday being the longest day of the year -- with the potential for the sun to be out for the longest period of time -- a low-pressure system kept Southern California relatively cool, said Bonnie Bartling, a specialist with the weather service.

Downtown Los Angeles had a high of 74, which was 5 degrees below normal and 31 degrees below the record of 105.

Lancaster, which experienced a warm-up to 103 degrees Wednesday, dropped back to 93 Thursday, and Bartling said the low temperatures were consistent across the Southland.

“This is still June,” Bartling said. “People kind of get tired of this marine layer, but low pressure is passing through and it’s probably going to hang around for the weekend.”

Bartling said residents could even see patchy drizzle along the coast and in the valleys this weekend, as low clouds and fog are expected to linger in the mornings. She said the beaches could remain partly cloudy for the next seven days and warm-ups do not usually occur until the beginning of July.    


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