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Weather forecasters are warning Southern California residents and travelers alike that life-threatening conditions are on tap both along the coast and further inland.

According to the National Weather Service, waters off the Los Angeles and Ventura coastlines are posing danger to swimmers and surfers.  The agency has issued a “moderate” rip current risk for both counties, which it defined as “life-threatening rip currents are possible.”

Additionally, there is a slight chance of coastal thunderstorms with lightning in both counties, according to the NWS.

The agency has issued a beach hazards statement for the areas that remains in effect through 12 a.m. Monday, but it warned that the strong rip currents will likely continue through Tuesday.

Surf height is forecast at 2-4 feet both days.

In Orange County, the NWS issued a beach hazards statement as well, but said the rip current risk is “low,” which it defined as “life threatening rip currents are unlikely but still could occur.” Surf height is forecast at 1-3 feet.

Thunderstorms and lightning are not forecast to reach Orange County coastal areas.

In the San Bernardino County and Riverside County mountains and high desert regions, thunderstorms are expected to develop and isolated flash flooding is possible Monday and Tuesday, the NWS reported.

“A greater influx of moisture tonight and Monday will bring more widespread thunderstorms Monday afternoon, primarily over the mountains where the flash flood potential will be the greatest,” the NWS report continued Sunday night.

NWS forecasters set the chance of showers and thunderstorms in Los Angeles County at 20 percent Monday afternoon and again Monday evening, although the chance may rise to 25-30 percent in the San Gabriel Mountains and the Antelope Valley, said NWS meteorologist Kathy Hoxsie, adding that precipitation this morning as well is not totally outside the realm of possibility.

The expected precipitation will be the product of monsoonal moisture out of Arizona and Baja California combined with a ridge of high pressure over the Four Corners region of the Western United States and instability in the atmosphere, she said. If any rain materializes, there likely won’t be much of it, said Hoxsie, adding that “we could get less than a 10th of an inch.”

The biggest concern arising from the forecast is the possibility of dry lightning, which can spark wildfires, Hoxsie said. But no fire-related warning had been issued by the NWS as of early Monday morning.

The NWS forecast mostly cloudy skies in L.A. County Monday and highs of 73 degrees in Avalon; 74 at LAX; 78 in Long Beach; 81 in Downtown L.A.; 83 in Burbank; 84 in San Gabriel and on Mount Wilson; 85 in Pasadena; 86 in Saugus; 89 in Woodland Hills; 95 in Palmdale; and 96 in Lancaster. Temperatures will steadily climb by small increments over the coming days. By Sunday, highs should be at 86 in downtown L.A., 91 in Burbank; and 100 in Woodland Hills, Palmdale and Lancaster.

Partly cloudy skies were forecast in Orange County Monday, along with highs of 69 in Laguna Beach; 72 in San Clemente; 75 in Newport Beach; 81 in Mission Viejo; 83 in Irvine, Anaheim and Fullerton; and 84 in Yorba Linda. Some Orange County communities will experience small temperature increases this week. Sunday’s highs will be 72 in Laguna Beach, 88 in Anaheim, 90 in Fullerton, and 91 in Yorba Linda.

—City News Service

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