KTLA weather: Cool and calmer
Clouds continue to stream over the Southland today because of circulation around a nearly stationary area of low pressure west of the Central Coast. We aren't expecting a repeat of Wednesday's instability, which caused hundreds of lightning strikes, scattered showers and even hail.
This afternoon, skies will be partly to mostly cloudy with only a slight chance of thunderstorms. Winds will be an issue in the mountains and high desert, with gusts exceeding 30 mph late in the day. Daytime highs will be in the 70s with a few exceptions in the deserts and mountains.
The Friday forecast calls for an increasing risk of showers and thunderstorms as the area of low pressure finally drifts onshore in Central California. Expect it to be partly to mostly cloudy with the best chance of precipitation in the afternoon and evening. There is only a 30% chance of rain in most areas and rainfall amounts will be light. High temperatures are going to be well below normal, with numbers ranging from the mid-60s at the beaches to the low 70s in the valleys.
After possible lingering showers Saturday morning, Southern California's weather will return to a more normal pattern. That means no renegade low-pressure areas, just typical morning clouds followed by sunny afternoons.
-- Warren Hohmann