Southern Californians can expect a weekend cool down as Hurricane Kay makes its way up the coast from Mexico.
Heavy rain is expected in some inland areas of SoCal on Saturday, according to AccuWeather and the National Weather Service(NWS). The NWS says that the excessive heat warnings will be in place through Friday.
Long Beach and other L.A. County beaches will also have a beach hazards statement in place from Friday morning through Saturday evening. According to the statement, residents should stay out of the water and away from rock jetties due to the hazardous swimming conditions with a High Surf Advisory to likely be needed.
The National Hurricane Center said Kay was centered southwest of the Baja peninsula and was moving toward the northwest at about 13 mph. As the hurricane pushes up north toward cooler waters, it will likely weaken to a tropical rainstorm or a depression, which will push heavy moisture into the SoCal area.
Forecasters are expecting Saturday to start off warm and depending on the advancement of Hurricane Kay, temperatures can drop from the high 90’s to the lower 80’s. Kay’s impact is expected to hit Long Beach from Friday night to Saturday evening which would help with those extreme heat conditions. Some of the forecasted impacts in Long Beach include about one to two inches of rainfall, peak wind gusts of up to 40 mph and peak sustained winds of about 23 mph.
Those who live in mountain communities should prepare for possible flash flood warnings. About one inch of rain is expected in desert communities. Computer forecasting models vary in how different parts of Southern California will be affected but the predictions vary from heavy rain to none at all.
More information on Hurricane Kay and its predicted impact can be found at https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ and https://www.weather.gov/.
By Andrew Ayala