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Temperatures will dip Thursday as high surf pounds the coast and rainy weather heads for the Southland.

Sunny weather with highs in the 70 prevailed for three days until Wednesday, but Thursday’s weather is forecast to feature partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid 60s.

Along the L.A. County Coast, a high surf advisory is scheduled to be in effect from 2 this afternoon until 6 p.m. Saturday, with surf of 4 to 7 feet expected.

“Large waves and strong rip currents will increase the risk of ocean drowning for swimmers and surfers,” warned a National Weather Service statement. “Large breaking waves can cause injury, wash people off beaches or rocks and capsize small boats near shore.”

Also possible are sneaker waves — large waves that surge without warning — and rip currents, the statement said. Swimmers caught in a rip current should swim parallel to shore until able to break free. Forecasters said the high surf is being generated by the same storm system forecast to produce Friday’s rainfall.

The NWS forecast highs Thursday of 60 degrees Fahrenheit on Mount Wilson, Palmdale and Lancaster; 61 at LAX; 62 in Saugus; 63 in Avalon; 64 in Long Beach, San Gabriel and Burbank; and 65 in downtown L.A., Pasadena and Woodland Hills.

Partly cloudy skies were also forecast in Orange County, along with highs of 60 in Laguna Beach; 62 in San Clemente; 63 in Newport Beach; 64 in Anaheim; 65 in Mission Viejo and Fullerton; 66 in Irvine; and 67 in Yorba Linda.

Friday’s temperatures will be about the same in L.A. and Orange Counties, but this time accompanied by rain. Rain is also in L.A. County’s forecast on Monday, but not in Orange County’s as of this morning.

Not much rain is expected in the greater L.A. area as a result of the upper low — a low, spinning system — expected to generate Friday’s precipitation, said NWS meteorologist Curt Kaplan, adding that the area may receive a quarter-inch of rain, though perhaps up to a half-inch in the foothills.

“The storm may turn out to be impressive, but not for us,” he said, adding that the lion’s share of the rain will occur to the north, along the Central Coast.

—City News Service

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