Hotter-than-normal weather has prevailed for the past few days. The heat peaked in the Los Angeles area Wednesday with widespread 90-degree temperatures, around 15 degrees above normal.
The offshore flow creating this heat will turn around quickly to onshore Thursday, then become increasingly strong through the weekend.
High temperatures Thursday will drop a 10 degrees from Wednesday's highs.
The coolest weather will be over the weekend, however. Morning marine clouds will extend far inland each morning before clearing to sunshine.
High temperatures will drop below normal with low to mid-70s for coastal cities and middle to upper 70s in the valleys.
An area of low pressure off the coast of Africa became Tropical Storm Fred early Sunday morning.
Ignacio has rapidly strengthened into a major hurricane as it tracks toward the Hawaiian Islands.
A strong storm system moved into Washington on Saturday, delivering powerful winds that lead to widespread damage and power outages.
While Erika has weakened to a tropical rainstorm, Florida will still become the target of potentially flooding downpours during the final days of August and start of September.
The 2015 US Open Tennis championships begin Aug.31 and heat and humidity will return for to the Big Apple for the tournament's first week.
As many as seven tropical cyclones were churning throughout the world this past week, while smoke from wildfires across the Pacific Northwest led to poor air quality across the region.
Raleigh, NC (1965)
46 degrees -- coldest ever in August.
Three inches of snow fell in parts of the state; record lows were set in 31 northeastern U.S. cities and towns.
West Virginia (1989)
Lightning sets numerous house and trailer fires. Firefighters could not keep up with all the fires that were burning.