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July gloom likely to stick around through weekend

If you’re eager for the summer sun to really kick in around the San Diego area, you’ll just have to chill out — literally.

This year’s unseasonably clammy early July and its around-the-clock coastal cloud covers, periodic soupy drizzles and record low temperatures will remain largely unchanged for at least another week, according to the National Weather Service.

The unusually stubborn gloom hanging over from June is due to a low-pressure system that refuses to give way to the clearer skies and increasing warmth typical of the season.

The cool days, which have been breezy and almost wintry at times, are “pretty unusual at this time of year,” NWS meteorologist Noel Isla said.

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“Usually we’re getting influence from the south and southeast, the monsoon (pattern), by now,” he noted.

So far this month, temperatures in coastal and inland valley locales have been five to 10 degrees cooler than usual, according to the weather service.

The frequently socked-in ocean shoreline has significantly reduced the number of people visiting local beaches, San Diego lifeguard Lt. John Everhart said.

The sparser-than-normal crowds — down by 25 to 50 percent at times, Everhart estimated — have prompted the city to close some lifeguard stations early on a number of days this month.

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The cool and cloudy conditions will likely persist west of the county’s foothills at least through next Thursday, though temperatures may slowly climb in the East County during the period, according to forecasters.

In the mountains and deserts, a high-pressure trend should begin over the weekend, Isla said.