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Low beach turnout for gloomy Memorial Day Weekend

Posted at 6:00 PM, May 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-27 13:37:40-04

LA JOLLA, Calif., (KGTV)— San Diego beaches were bare this Memorial Day Weekend, and as overcast skies and sprinkles kept people from visiting the usual destination spots. May temperatures should be in the 70s, but highs in La Jolla only reached the low 60s.

Mother nature dictated beachwear today at La Jolla Shores. Scarves, hoodies, even fluffy parka jackets were on full display.

"It is really cold," one woman said.

"Whoever said it never rains in Southern California, that song, that was a lie," joked another man.

The unofficial first weekend of summer in San Diego was much gloomier than expected. For the Gardner family, that meant a change in plans.

"We brought the wetsuits out actually, in case it turned into a beach day, but it looks like it's not," Kelsey Gardner laughed. She and her husband Andrew had their boys, Miles and A.J. fly kites instead.

10News did meet a group of men who were excited to jump into the chilly waters.

"I am pursuing diving, and here I am taking my certification. I am excited!" Navy sailor Griffin Leboffe said.

He and fellow active duty sailor Brian Mims were heading into the waves with their scuba diving instructor, Harvey Forbes. Forbes said days like today are perfect diving weather.

"Ambient temperature is colder when you get in, and that's just the way your body works. It actually feels warmer," Forbes said.

Plus, low beach attendance meant more available parking, and better concentration during their certification test.

"Here, there are a lot less people, and it's more spread out, so I feel like it would be easier to get out there," Leboffe said.

But as the divers were heading in, most everyone else was heading out. During our interview with his parents, four-year-old A.J. began packing his sandals and kite.

"I want to go home!" he said. "I don't like it when it rains!!"