North San Diego sees early morning rain, from Encinitas to Escondido


Rain. (Jan Fillem, Unsplash)

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Encinitas, Carlsbad and other north San Diego County communities got a much-needed, albeit small, dose of rain along with lightning and thunder early Sunday morning.

Summer monsoon thunderstorms moved across areas of San Diego County on Saturday and Sunday as high pressure to the east brought muggy conditions and cloudy skies. Forecasters expect the damp and sometimes rainy conditions to continue throughout the week.

The rain comes as San Diego County remains under moderate to severe drought status, according to findings from the National Integrated Drought Information System. Much of California faces extreme to exceptional drought conditions this year.

The cells that brought rain to the region early Sunday morning dropped small amounts of rain, although residents reported light to heavy rain lasting for 10 to 15 minutes in some communities. Amounts were wide-ranging, from a quarter of an inch in Vista to less than a 10th of an inch in communities such as Encinitas.

Given the patchy nature of the storm cells, different places even in the same community could have received more than the official rain totals reported to the National Weather Service.

Below are local 12-hour rain totals from weather service stations as of 8:45 a.m. Sunday, July 18.

Carlsbad: .06 inches
Encinitas: .06 inches
Escondido: .03 inches
Oceanside: .24 inches
Rancho Bernardo: .10 inches
San Marcos: .06 inches
Valley Center: .35 inches
Vista: .27 inches

San Diego recorded a trace of rain at its official weather station at the airport downtown.

Coastal temperatures are predicted to be in the mid to high 70s, with temperatures hitting the 80s inland and in the mountains, and the 100s in the deserts.

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