Post-Tropical Cyclone Kay is nearly over with Southern California and when it dissipates, the region is expected to return to normal temperatures in September after nearly two weeks of extreme heat, meteorologists said Saturday, September 10.
The storm or what remains of it continues to bring the possibility of scattered showers in the afternoon and evening Sunday and Monday, with an even lower risk of thunderstorms, which will lessen as night falls , National Weather Service meteorologists said.
By Tuesday, temperatures will be back to normal, hovering in the low to mid-80s for inland areas and mid-70s along the coasts, they said.
“It’s about as normal as it gets after all this craziness,” said NWS meteorologist David Sweet.
Kay, transforming from a tropical storm, causes minor flooding and damage in Southern California
The post-tropical cyclone, which started out as a hurricane and downgraded to a tropical storm before transitioning to its current state, has brought much-needed relief to Southern California. The rain came after an extensive heatwave sent triple-digit temperatures and prompted the state’s energy network to issue Flex Alerts calling for energy conservation during peak hours for 10 days consecutive.
The storm brought heavy rain to Southern California from Friday evening through Saturday morning, with minor flooding, damage and some power outages. Nearly 29,000 customers in Los Angeles lost power early Saturday morning, but by Saturday afternoon crews had power restored about 16,000 of them.
In Orange County, Southern California, Edison data showed 285 residents of Garden Grove were left without power on Saturday night, after a power outage began Friday morning due to rain .
Orange County Fire Authority spokesman Greg Bradshaw said the agency did not have to respond to major emergencies due to weather conditions.
No temperature record was broken Saturday in Orange County, although a new precipitation record was set today in Anaheim at 0.28 inches, according to NWS meteorologist Brian Adams. Coastal locations also ended up being warmer than several inland areas of Orange County, he said, with Newport Beach hitting 83 degrees and Huntington Beach hitting 81.
No heat records were announced Saturday either in the Inland Empire or in the Los Angeles area. San Bernardino, for example, only reached 86 degrees. Van Nuys hit 82.
Temecula, meanwhile, received the most rain in inland areas: 0.39 inches.
The chance of rain and thunderstorms on Sunday will be highest in the Inland Empire mountain ranges, with the NWS predicting a 60% chance, meteorologist James Brotherton said.
Monday has a lower chance of precipitation and thunderstorms, he said. By Tuesday, the area should be dry for the rest of the week.
“Temperatures will remain fairly moderate through next week,” he said.
Low clouds and fog in the morning will be followed by partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the mid-70s to low-80s for most of Los Angeles County, Sweet said. Some places in the Inland Empire could hit the 90s, Brotherton said.