Currently in Los Angeles — January 6th, 2023

The weather, currently.

Clear and sunny on Friday. Dry and cloudy Saturday. Possible rain again on Sunday.

On Friday, we get some relief from the recent rainfall. It’ll be a cool, sunny day in Los Angeles, a far cry from the bomb cyclones and flash floods that have been on the peripheral of my newsfeeds. High temperatures will reach about 63°, but it’ll mostly be in the mid-50’s during waking hours. After such soggy weather, the air should be crisp and clear, and I bet you’ll be able to see all the way down to Santa Monica if you stand on the right rooftop bar in Downtown LA. Friday night temperatures could dip all the way down to 46°, but the skies will remain clear, giving a perfect view of the city lights. I’m going to a weekday wedding (such modern times!) and will be searching for romance in the air.

The rest of the weekend’s temperatures will match Friday’s. but it will be cloudier. Saturday should be another rainless day. But on Sunday, precipitation could return to the Southland. As of this writing it’s at a 30% chance. Make the most of those two dry days before you’re avoiding puddles again.

—Renée Reizman

What you need to know, currently.

The US has a new emissions standard for heavy-duty trucks for the first time in over 20 years, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday.

This stricter pollution rule is part of the agency’s Clean Trucks Plan and is the first time pollution standards for buses and heavy duty trucks have been updated in more than two decades, according to reporting by Grist.

The standard will be enforced when 2027 vehicles are available to buy.

This is significant because heavy-duty vehicles are one of the major emitters of nitrogen oxide, which, in large concentrations can exacerbate heart disease, asthma, and other respiratory diseases.

The updated standard is particularly good news for communities that bare the brunt of vehicle pollution — such as low-income people of color — who are more likely to live and work near factories, major highways, and other places where vehicles cause the most pollution due to racist zoning laws and redlining.

The agency estimates that heavy-duty vehicle nitrogen dioxide emissions will decrease by 48 percent by 2045, because of the rule. The new standard is expected to prevent up to 2,9000 deaths by 2045.

What you can do, currently.