ABOUT THAT COOL DOWN.....

The well advertised cool down has been less dramatic than hoped, but the reduction in humidity has helped make things feel a bit more tolerable the past few days. In fact, nighttime temperatures have FINALLY dropped below 80 degrees the last several nights.

Thunderstorms were common last week over nearby mountains... but they have been largely missing the past several days,

Thunderstorms were common last week over nearby mountains... but they have been largely missing the past several days,

Here have are the official high/low temps at Palm Springs Airport the past several days:

  • 8/26: 106/77
  • 8/25: 107/77
  • 8/24: 107/79
  • 8/23: 109/81
  • 8/22: 108/84

Forecasts last week were calling for temps to be about 3-5 degrees lower than where they have ended up, so August is looking to still hold out to be another impressively hot month, nearly record breaking. Tuesday may be the coolest day, before slowly inching upward again the remainder of the week. As of yesterday, the average temp for August 2018, when you average both the high AND low temp, is 96.9 degrees, which is still 4.9 degrees above normal. 

HIGH WINDS POSSIBLE EARLY TONIGHT

Stronger low pressure to our north will allow the onshore flow from the coast to the deserts to continue strong early tonight, with west and northwest gusts to around 50mph possible through the I-10 corridor from Whitewater to the north Palm Desert and Indio area.  Southwest winds up to 35 mph have also been blowing in the Desert Hot Springs area, up through exposed areas through south Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree. A few areas of blowing dust and sand are possible. The wind will likely creep south into a few of the more populated areas of north Palm Springs, north Cathedral City, north Rancho Mirage and north Palm Desert for a few hours this evening... but should begin to calm down later tonight. Gusty winds may occur again during the afternoon and evening hours the remainder of this week, but at lesser speeds than those expected tonight.

Southwest flow of air at the upper levels has returned a drier airmass to our area.

Southwest flow of air at the upper levels has returned a drier airmass to our area.

FAIR WEATHER THIS WEEK

The remainder of the week is expected to be dry with periods of gusty winds. Temps may slowly creep upwards toward Friday, and humidity will remain low, with dew points remaining mostly in the 30's, 40's and 50's. Elevated fire danger due to low humidity and periods of higher winds.

  • Tuesday: 104/76
  • Wednesday: 106/78
  • Thursday: 108/79
  • Friday: 108/80

Temps in the Yucca and Joshua Tree area will be in the low-mid 90's this week, with nighttime temps down into the 60's. 

POSSIBLE COOLING AND WINDY WEATHER THIS WEEKEND?

The forecast for this weekend is a bit more uncertain. Some computer models are calling for a relatively strong trough of low pressure to move into the West on Saturday, bringing a fall-like weather change. Several other computer models aren't predicting such a dramatic change, with only a slight cool down. For now, most forecasts are calling for slightly cooler weather Saturday and Sunday, with high winds possible again along the I-10 corridor. HOWEVER, if the low pressure system does in fact move south and east, it is quite likely that temps may drop to below 105 once again, and could even fall below 100 degrees, depending on how this system comes together. Strong winds may exceed 50mph along the I-10 corridor as well. Areas of the Sierras in Northern California could see nighttime temps fall well below freezing under such a scenario. Stay tuned as the forecast may change and become cooler for next weekend, depending on how things play out.

In the meantime, enjoy the welcomed break from the humidity!