Record heat gives way to hu­mid­ity, rain

A low-pres­sure sys­tem means pos­si­ble thun­der­storms and light­ning ahead.

Los Angeles Times - - OBITUARIES - By Matt Hamil­ton and Veron­ica Rocha matt.hamil­ton @la­times.com veron­ica.rocha @la­times.com

Blame Blanca. The for­mer hur­ri­cane that weak­ened to a post­trop­i­cal cy­clone as it moved up the Baja Cal­i­for­nia Penin­sula has sent its fin­gers across the South­west­ern United States, in­clud­ing the mois­ture that ar­rived Tues­day in the South­land.

Bands of storm cells dumped spo­radic rain­fall rang­ing from .01 inches in Lan­caster to nearly 1 inch in Santa Bar­bara, ac­cord­ing to Na­tional Weather Ser­vice me­te­o­rol­o­gist Todd Hall.

Chatsworth saw a sprin­kling in the mid­morn­ing, while Glen­dale didn’t see rain un­til about 4 p.m.

Weather of­fi­cials urged ad­di­tional cau­tion by res­i­dents in re­cent burn ar­eas — such as Glen­dora and Camarillo — where fires have scorched veg­e­ta­tion and in­creased the like­li­hood of mud­slides.

Overnight, showers were ex­pected to soak parts of Ven­tura, Santa Bar­bara and San Luis Obispo coun­ties.

The pre­cip­i­ta­tion came one day af­ter record-break­ing heat baked the state, with Long Beach see­ing a high of 88 and Bur­bank 102. The Cen­tral Val­ley was even hot­ter, and far­ther north, Sacra­mento hit 105 and Red­ding 107, ac­cord­ing to the weather ser­vice.

Lin­ger­ing warm tem­per­a­tures com­bined with the inf lux of mois­ture to raise the hu­mid­ity, mak­ing for a sticky, over­cast day.

“It feels like I’m in the trop­ics! It’s hot and muggy,” au­thor San­dra Boissier said on Twit­ter.

The pos­si­bil­ity of thun­der­storms and light­ning strikes only added to the re­gion’s equa­to­rial feel, which will likely con­tinue through the week as the low­pres­sure sys­tem com­bines with mois­ture al­ready here.

The weather ser­vice pre­dicted that the wet weather would de­part by Wed­nes­day, but thun­der­storms could still be pos­si­ble, es­pe­cially in­land in the moun­tains and desert.

In the Cen­tral Val­ley, fore­cast­ers ex­pect thun­der­storms with heavy rains and gusty winds.

But the heat, at least, will abate.

“We should see cooler tem­per­a­tures, but it may be slightly hu­mid be­cause we have this mois­ture,” Hall said.

Down­town Los An­ge­les on Wed­nes­day was fore­cast to see a high of 78, with the high drop­ping to 75 by Fri­day. Van Nuys was ex­pected to see a high of 87 Wed­nes­day with the tem­per­a­ture drop­ping to 84 by Fri­day.

Cloud cover is fore­cast to grad­u­ally de­crease by the week­end, when the re­gion’s cool­ing will likely re­verse.

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