Windy Start To The Week, Plus Rare Celestial Event

By Nikki Garrett Metzger

(Victor Valley)- – It will be a windy start to the week as we expect to see wind 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph this afternoon, then gusting to around 45 mph overnight.  This could cause blowing dust in areas.  Temperatures will also be cooler, in the mid 80s today, and upper 70s tomorrow.

The National Weather Service in San Diego says a trough of low pressure is moving in off of the Pacific, causing the marine layer to deepen and bringing gusty wind to the mountains and deserts. There could be wind gusts to 60 mph through passes like the Cajon Pass tonight and tomorrow.

Midweek sees a gradual warming trend with typically breezy late spring weather. Daytime highs will be in the upper 80s to low 90s, with overnight lows in the mid to upper 50s.

Looking ahead to next weekend we should see cooler weather starting Sunday into early next week.

There are two celestial events that take place this week – the first was the lunar eclipse that occurred earlier this morning at 3:00 am.

The second will occur tomorrow starting at 3:00pm and continuing until the sun sets at 8 p.m.  This is the much anticipated transit of Venus: the sight of Venus slowly inching across the face of the sun. Museums, schools and observatories are hosting viewing activities.

There will be no obvious change to the brightness of the sky during the event as Venus only blocks out a tiny fraction of the sun. Venus transits are rare — the next passing won’t take place until 2117.

Visit http://www.nasa.gov/ for more information.

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