Gloomy Morning Fog, Cooling to Continue

The recent cooling trend is expected to continue through Tuesday, with forecasts calling for a pattern of morning fog and low clouds giving way to partly to mostly cloudy skies and temperatures in the 70s, forecasters said.

Parts of the Valley could also experience morning drizzle today and Tuesday, said Kevin Stenson, a meteorologist with WeatherData Inc., which provides forecast information to The Times. The gloomy weather is being fueled by a number of factors, he added.

"It's a combination of an area of upper level, low pressure and winds from the southwest which draws in the marine layer from the ocean," Stenson said.

The warmest areas in the Valley today are expected to be Chatsworth and Van Nuys. Both should reach a high of 73 degrees. Slightly cooler temperatures are forecast for Woodland Hills and Burbank, with similar temperatures predicted for Tuesday.

The forecast calls for morning lows through Friday to range from the mid-50s to the low 60s. Beginning Wednesday, the low-pressure system is scheduled to make its way east, bringing slightly warmer temperatures and clearer skies.

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