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Cooling trend brings chance of thunderstorms, higher humidity

July 12, 2012 |  7:00 am

Southern California’s heat wave is expected to cool down Thursday, bringing a chance of thunderstorms and rain in the mountains and deserts, according to the National Weather Service.

There's a 30% chance of thunderstorms without much rainfall in the mountains and the Antelope Valley; the lack of rain can cause dry lightning, which increases the risk of wildfires, officials said.

Red flag warnings are in effect from noon until 9 p.m. in the mountains and deserts, they said.

By night, the chance of thunderstorms is expected to spread to the rest of Los Angeles County until Friday morning.

The air is expected to be more humid than in previous days and temperatures will range from the 90s in the valleys and deserts to the 60s and lower 70s at the beaches.

“We should be back to normal Southern California weather on Saturday,” said Andrew Rorke, a spokesman for the National Weather Service.

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