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Beach visitors excited for Memorial Day sunshine

Posted at 11:34 AM, May 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-27 15:10:45-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – Crowds of people hit Mission Beach to enjoy the sunshine Monday after rain put a damper on their Memorial Day weekend plans.

"The weather finally decided it was going to clear up," beachgoer Robert Peterson told 10News.

The early morning was not as congested as visitors would typically see on a holiday weekend. However, as the weather began to warm up, more people flocked to the area.

Peterson and Britney Pangcog arrived at Mission Beach at 6:30 a.m. to get their prime spot on the sand. They told 10News they were nervous that they were going to see more overcast skies or even rain.

"We decided, no matter what, we were going to be here and just prepare for the rain if we had it," said Peterson.

San Diego police set up a command post in anticipation for the large crowds.

"They're pretty important to our community," said Mary Swenson. "We rely on them for a lot of things."

A few feet away from the command post, community members set up a dining area to serve all the first responders working this Memorial Day.

"They work really hard being in those jobs, here on the beach, where it's congested, and there's a lot of people," said Swenson.

Mission Beach could see hundreds more visiting the area before the end of the day.