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Cooler temperatures, light rain forecast for Southern California

October 22, 2012 |  8:24 am

Southern California should kick off the week with cooler temperatures and a chance of light rain as a cold front moves down the coast Monday, forecasters said.

A marine layer was to blame for the light drizzle that hit downtown Los Angeles on Monday morning, but the area could see some rain later in the day as the cold front moves in, said weather specialist Bonnie Bartling with the National Weather Service.

If the rain does come, Bartling said, "we're not looking at much in terms of numbers." Only a few hundredths of an inch was predicted for Los Angeles.

The front will usher in some wind and cooler temperatures, Bartling said. Downtown L.A. was forecast to hit 72 degrees Monday and stay in the low 70s until Thursday. The valley areas would be cooler; Burbank was expected to peak at about 68 degrees Monday and hover around that mark again Tuesday.

Nighttime temperatures will also be a bit more chilly, Bartling said, dipping into the 50s in both areas.

"It's not a super-cold system, but it's going to feel a little cooler," she said.

But those who are still not ready for fall are in luck — Bartling said the weather should warm up for the weekend, when temperatures are expected to top 80 degrees.

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-- Kate Mather

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