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SoCal temperatures expected to cool; slight chance of showers seen

August 22, 2012 |  6:07 am

A red-flag fire warning is in effect, but Southern California temperatures are expected to cool Wednesday, with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms over Los Angeles and Ventura counties, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures are expected to be in the 70s to lower 90s in Los Angeles County, the mid-80s to lower 90s in the valleys, and the mid-90s in the Antelope Valley.

"We are seeing some relief after all these days of heat," said Curt Kaplan, a spokesman for the weather service.

The red-flag warning, which signifies an increased threat of brush fires, began at midnight and is expected to end at 5 p.m. for the mountains, deserts and valleys of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

The warning was issued based on the chance of dry lightning and gusty winds increasing the chances of fire.

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