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Hurricane Kay could bring showers, storms and winds to Encinitas

ENCINITAS, CA – While scorching temperatures continue to affect California, weather officials said a hurricane off the coast of Mexico will help end the worst heat wave on record by the weekend in San Diego County.

The weakening of Hurricane Kay will not hit the county directly, but it could bring light winds, heavy rain and isolated thunderstorms to the region this weekend, according to the National Weather Service. Hazardous boating conditions are also expected in coastal waters around San Diego.

“Strong gusty easterly winds will prevail Friday morning into the evening with increasing showers and isolated thunderstorms Friday night and Friday into Saturday,” forecasters said.

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A high wind watch will be in effect from Friday morning to evening for coastal, mountain and valley areas of the county, including the city of Encinitas.

Strong winds are expected tonight from 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 55 mph in the coastal areas, and from 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 80 mph in the valleys, according to the National Weather Service. Winds of 35 to 45 mph are expected with gusts up to 75 mph in the mountains.

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“Destructive winds could blow down trees and power lines,” forecasters said. “Widespread power outages are possible. Travel could be difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles.”

Thursday A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Thursday night There is a small chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly Cloudy, with a low around 76. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming east after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Friday Chance of Snow and Thunder. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. Breezy, with an east wind 15 to 25 mph increasing to 25 to 35 mph in the afternoon. Wind gusts could reach 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall ranges from one-tenth to one-quarter of an inch, except for higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Friday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms, then a chance of showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 11 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 75. Breezy, with an east wind 20 to 30 mph decreasing to 10 to 20 mph after midnight. Wind gusts could reach 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and a half of an inch are possible.

Saturday showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 77. Southeast wind 15 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and a half of an inch are possible.

Saturday Night Chance of Thunderstorms. Mostly Cloudy, with a low around 71. Chance of Precipitation 40%.

Sunday Chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly Cloudy, 75% chance of precipitation Tuesday Chance of Thunderstorms.

Partly cloudy Sunday night, with a low around 71.

Monday A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11 am. Partly sunny, with a high near 74.

Scattered Clouds Monday Night, with a low around 70.

Tuesday Mostly Cloudy, with a high near 72.

Tuesday night Strong Chance of Thunderstorms, 69 hours.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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