Thanks to slowly building desert winds, mostly clear skies with daytime temperatures in the low 70s should prevail in Southern California for Thanksgiving, forecasters said Tuesday.
Meteorologist Mike Smith of WeatherData Inc., which provides forecasts for The Times, said Santa Ana winds from the northeast are expected to begin this afternoon, clearing out what few clouds may be in the area.
"Thursday should be a very pleasant day," he said.
The winds, by the way, should also end the morning fog that has hampered motorists in recent days, Smith said.
The National Weather Service added that the anticipated 70-degree weather should extend into the weekend. The overnight lows for the next few days should be in the low 50s and may dip into the 40s in the inland valleys.
Tuesday's high was 73 in San Juan Capistrano, with an overnight low of 43. Newport Beach posted a high of 68, and Santa Ana reported a 72. Relative humidity ranged from 83% to 23%.