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Rain, cooler temperatures forecast for Southern California

October 9, 2012 |  8:43 am

Los Angeles may be showered by the first rain of the season this week, as a cold, low-pressure system sweeps down from the north, the National Weather Service said Tuesday.

A  strong ridge of high pressure that had kept Los Angeles sweltering in 90-degree weather earlier this month has left the region, giving way to cooler days and a 50% chance of rain on Thursday. Scattered showers are forecast to bring one-tenth to one-third of an inch of rain.

“It won’t be much, but most people are waiting for it,” said Bonnie Bartling, a weather service specialist.

Temperatures will continue to drop throughout the week. In downtown Los Angeles, temperatures are forecast to peak at 75 degrees on Tuesday, falling to 70 degrees Wednesday and 68 Thursday. The low-pressure system is expected to move out of the area on Friday, bringing temperatures back to the 80s over the weekend.

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