Around this time of year, the nights lengthen, cool air begins to pool over Canada, and the long shadow of winter looms over much of the country.
High temperatures the first part of this week reached record levels, with some places soaring well into the 90s and lower 100s clear to the coast. Places such as San Francisco had their warmest temperatures in over a year, and some spots even reached near 110 degrees.
As the strong high pressure responsible for this extreme heat weakens and pushes off to the south, cooler air on a westerly wind will continue to filter in from the Pacific, allowing temperatures to become gradually cooler. This cooling trend is expected to continue.
A storm system developing well offshore will start to approach the coast of California this weekend.
Clouds will start to increase across the northern and central parts of the state later Sunday, before filtering into the rest of the state early next week. A few showers are even possible near the coast.
Temperatures across central and Southern California will drop to as much as 5-10 degrees below normal by Monday and Tuesday, especially from San Francisco southward to Los Angeles and San Diego.
The cool and increasingly showery weather should last into at least the middle part of next week as the low drifts over the state.
Stay with AccuWeather.com for the latest on this cooldown and the potentially showery weather ahead for next week.
After temperatures briefly climb to typical midsummer levels, another cooldown will roll into the Midwest and expand to the East for the last part of July.
A cold front pushing through the Southeast will bring the risk of severe weather to part of the region Thursday.
Tropical Depression Two has lost its battle to become the next Atlantic tropical storm, but it will still increase shower activity across the Caribbean to end the week.
A potent storm system moving out of the Northwest United States will bring an elevated risk of tornadoes to parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan on Thursday.
Severe thunderstorms that blasted areas of Arkansas with damaging winds and heavy rainfall will continue to race through eastern Texas.
As California continues to be plagued by intense drought conditions, some surfers are reaping what may be one of very few benefits to such a dry season.
Southeastern MA (1990)
Torrential rains: Middleboro 7.20" Bridgewater 5.00" Tauton 4.33" Abington 3.05" Cars were stranded in high water in Fall River, MA.
Phoenix, AZ (1992)
Between 4" and 6" of rain fell in locally heavy downpours.
A record cold morning: 43 degrees at Alpena and 42 degrees St. Ste. Marie.