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Drizzle and fog: Los Angeles wakes up to a gloomy start to the summer

LOS ANGELES, CA-JUNE 21, 2019: Tejal Patel, 19, takes in the view with her cousin Smit Patil(cq), 8
Tejal Patel, 19, takes in the view with her cousin Smit Patil, 8 months, during a visit to the Griffith Observatory on a gloomy, first day of summer, June 21, 2019. T
(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

It may be the first day of summer, but Angelenos probably won’t be breaking out their swimsuits anytime soon, as gray skies persist through the weekend.

Friday morning brought light showers and cloudy skies to Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, and the morning fog will likely continue through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Meteorologist Rich Thompson said the June gloom is nothing out of the ordinary, even for the first day of summer.

In the Los Angeles region, temperatures will warm up Saturday and Sunday afternoons, reaching between 70 and 85 degrees in the valleys.

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But in coastal areas, the clouds will stick around all weekend with temperatures hovering in the 60s.

“It’s not the best beach weather this weekend,” Thompson said.

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The cool weather has Southern California residents holding their breath, as fire season ramps up. Some areas have already seen conditions that would make any blazes that begin spread rapidly.

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Meteorologists on Friday warned of winds in the Antelope Valley that could reach 20 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 60 mph near Lake Palmdale and the surrounding foothills. The combination of high winds — which could cause downed power lines — relatively low humidity and temperatures in the 80s raises the risk of fire danger, the weather service said.

“Nothing that comes close to … a red flag warning, but there’s an elevated concern,” Thompson said. “We’re watching, but it’s nothing extreme.”

Northern California, however, has issued a red flag warning through Saturday, cautioning that gusts of up to 40 mph and low humidity levels between 10% and 15% are creating high fire dangers.

The warning, which extends from Sacramento north to Redding, is for elevations below 2,000 feet where wildland fuels are susceptible to rapid spread of fire, said Jim Matthews, lead forecaster for the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

Heavy winter rains have produced an excess amount of vegetation, according to experts. With temperatures heating up across the state, that vegetation will continue to dry and become fire fuel, meteorologist Bonnie Bartling of the weather service said.

alejandra.reyesvelarde@latimes.com

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