LA chills as East sizzles

"June Gloom" casts a shadow over Southern California summer.
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As the East Coast swelters in blistering heat, Southern California has been cool and sometimes downright chilly.

Beaches cloaked in fog. Skyscrapers vanishing into low clouds. Streets damp with drizzle.

Welcome to summer in not-so-sunny Southern California.

The seasonal influx of moist ocean air known as "June Gloom" has been thick and unyielding even with the turn of the calendar to July, keeping skies a dismal gray through much of each day.

The poor weather reduced beach crowds over the long Fourth of July weekend, and meteorologists can only offer some hope that the pattern will change by the end of this week.

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