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Records for rain, cold temperatures are broken in Southern California; new storm moving in

May 18, 2011 |  6:30 am

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It's another wet morning Wednesday in Southern California, which has set new records for rain and cold in recent days.

The National Weather Service predicts a 40% chance of showers Wednesday morning, giving way to cloudy skies.

Daily records for temperature and rainfall totals were tied and broken Tuesday as a storm system hit Southern California.

The low temperature at UCLA was 49 degrees, tying a record set in 1962, according the National Weather Service.

A record-rainfall total for the day was set at Los Angeles International Airport.  Tuesday's 0.23 inches of rain at LAX eclipsed a record of 0.12 inches that had stood since 1949, the Weather Service said.

Long Beach Airport received 0.25 inches of rain, breaking a record of trace rainfall set in 2004.

In Ventura County, Camarillo had 0.19 inches of rain. The previous record was 0.12 inches, set in 1994.

Snow levels, the weather service said, would be at about 5,500 to 6,000 feet Wednesday, with some areas receiving 1 to 3 inches of snow. Sunny skies are predicted for Thursday. 

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Photo: Reflected in a small pond made during last night's rain, Duncan Smith of San Pedro stretches his legs on his morning walk at Point Fermin Park. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

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