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After rains, another heat wave comes to Los Angeles [Updated]

October 15, 2009 |  7:34 am

Weather

With the first rainstorm of the season moved out, Southern California can expect a heat wave through the weekend.

According to the National Weather Service, clouds and drizzle this morning will give way to sunny and hot conditions.

By Friday, temperatures are expected to top out in the 80s in coastal areas and the 90s in inland areas of Los Angeles County.

The hot weather will also bring Santa Ana winds back to the region.

The storm, which dumped 2 to 3 inches of rain in the Angeles National Forest, contributed to a number of traffic accidents but caused no significant mudflows in areas ravaged by recent wildfires.

[Updated at 7:40 a.m.: Thick fog is visible this morning in some parts of Southern California. The weather service has issued a dense fog advisory for San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties, where visibility is reported to be a quarter-mile or less.

The advisory is set to expire at 9 a.m., said meteorologist Jamie Stern of the weather service. The fog, she said, resulted from heavy moisture in the air because of the recent rains and drop in temperatures.

“A cloud sitting on the ground is one way of looking at it,” Stern said. “Anyone who wanted to touch a cloud can do it now.”

Drivers should slow down, use their headlights and leave plenty of distance from other drivers.

“One thing people don’t anticipate either are the slick roads,” Stern said.]

-- Shelby Grad and Ruben Vives

Photo: Runners from the Cal State Los Angeles women's cross-country team stretch before their 8-to-10-mile daily run through Griffith Park this morning in preparation for a coming meet. The team has been ranked in the top five across the nation for the last three years. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

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