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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A new storm is forecast to douse the Southland today.
The rain should arrive in Los Angeles County before noon, according to a National Weather Service statement. Between a quarter and a half-inch of rain is expected in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, with up to 1.5 inch forecast for Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, the NWS said this morning.
Temperatures will fall by several degrees. They reached above-normal levels in the mid-70s Thursday but will be 10 degrees or more cooler today, though they will remain in the 60s, according to NWS forecasts.
There could be minor debris flows in areas previously denuded by wildfires, flooding in low-lying areas and rockfalls in canyons, but those developments are likeliest in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, an NWS statement said.
Also forecast is high surf along the coast. A high surf advisory will be in effect from 4 a.m. today until 4 p.m. Saturday in L.A. and Ventura counties. Surf of between 4 and 7 feet is expected on both days, along with strong rip currents, which pose a hazard to surfers and swimmers.
The NWS forecast rain today and highs of 60 degrees Fahrenheit on Mount Wilson;61 in Lancaster; 62 in Palmdale and Saugus;63 at LAX; 64 in Avalon, Burbank and Woodland Hills; 65 in downtown L.A., Pasadena and San Gabriel; and 66 in Long Beach.
Rain is also in the Orange County forecast, along with highs of 63 in Laguna Beach; 64 in Newport Beach; 65 in San Clemente; 66 in Yorba Linda and Anaheim; and 67 in Fullerton, Irvine and Mission Viejo.
Cloudy skies are in Saturday's forecast, along with highs ranging from the low to mid 60s, but sunny skies with sharply higher temperatures are expected on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. After today, there's no precipitation in the NWS's 7-day forecast.