'June Gloom' departs, heat is on for Southern California

The sun shining over Pasadena Tuesday, July 13, 2010.
The sun shining over Pasadena Tuesday, July 13, 2010.
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Summer appears to have finally arrived in Southern California. Sunshine bathed the region at dawn Tuesday after weeks of persistent cloudy and cool "June Gloom" weather.

The National Weather Service says high pressure building over the desert Southwest is moving west, where it will be anchored through the weekend with seasonable temperatures nearing the century mark in many areas.

There is also a warning for campers and hikers, particularly in the desert where temperatures will climb well into the 100s.

The weather service says temperatures and humidity will push conditions to just below "excessive heat warning" criteria in low desert areas, including the Coachella Valley.

In recent weeks, beaches have been cloaked in low clouds, the usual "June Gloom" pattern that usually eases by July.

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