Light rain fell sporadically in the Southland Tuesday and more showers are possible into Tuesday night, even though temperatures in some areas continued to soar, making for a generally muggy day.
Forecasters warned that the rain could produce slippery roads, ponding in places and minor mud and debris flows over foothill slopes previously denuded by wildfires.
A low-pressure system that developed over the eastern Pacific drew moisture from the remnants of Tropical Depression Blanca, which began as a hurricane of moderate strength, then turned into a tropical storm.
“As moisture from … Blanca streams into the area, the threat of showers will increase across the area during the day on Tuesday, with the shower threat peaking in the afternoon,” according to the NWS.
“In addition, there is the possibility of thunderstorms as atmospheric instability increases.”
“Any thunderstorms that develop will be capable of producing heavy rain, gusty winds and dangerous cloud-to-ground lightning,” it warned. “Minor street flooding will also be possible with any heavy rain.”
In spite of the rain, however, temperatures were still reaching into the 70s, 80s and 90s at various spots around the Southland — high enough to create some discomfort amid all the humidity.
Forecasters said conditions are expected to dry out tomorrow, although there will be a lingering chance of showers and thunderstorms over the mountains and deserts.
“There will also be a slight chance of mountain and desert afternoon and evening thunderstorms on Friday, otherwise dry and generally seasonable conditions are expected Thursday through next Tuesday,” according to the NWS.
—City News Service