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Light rain cools parts of Southern California amid heat wave

Parts of Southern California woke up to light rain Thursday morning as residents sought to escape the heat.

According to Ryan Kittell, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Oxnard, the rainfall was “splattered” over the Los Angeles Valley and coastal areas. Montebello recorded about a third of an inch of rain and Glendora about a 100th of an inch. Other areas may have received brief, scattered rains, but not enough to measure 100ths of an inch, he said.

The rain comes as Hurricane Kay, a storm system off Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, is expected to hit southern California starting Friday. Thursday morning’s wet conditions weren’t directly from Kay, which is expected to be a tropical storm as it moves along the southern California coast, but the storm is creating easterly winds, bringing additional moisture in the area.

“We didn’t expect it today, that’s the surprising part,” Kittell said.

Further south, Brandt Maxwell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in San Diego, said the rain hasn’t had a huge impact yet, with roughly a tenth of an inch recorded in most places.

“The storms we had this morning moved pretty quickly and pretty erratically,” Brandt said. Much of it occurred in San Bernardino and the Inland Empire.

The warm weather will likely extend into the weekend, with Southern Californians getting cooler and more pleasant temperatures starting Saturday.

Los Angeles Times

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