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Rain falls but forecasters say storm system is on its way out

October 20, 2010 |  7:53 am

A light rain fell across parts of Los Angeles on Wednesday morning as forecasters predicted the storm system would move on by Thursday, leaving cloudy skies across Southern California.

At 7 a.m. Wednesday, there was drizzle near LAX and in downtown Los Angeles, according to Stuart Seto, a specialist with the National Weather Service.

Seto said there was a 50% chance of rain across the city for the rest of Wednesday, with a slight chance of thunderstorms. The wet weather was expected to ease as the day wears on, Seto said, and a 20% chance of rain was forecast for Wednesday evening.

There are no major storms predicted in the coming days, but Seto said cloudy skies and highs in the mid-60s are expected to linger until the end of the weekend.

On Sunday, temperatures may hit the mid-70s, Seto said. Clear skies are predicted for the beginning of next week. 

The low-pressure system moved into Southern California from the Pacific Northwest last weekend, giving parts of the region a good soaking.

On Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, Torrance and Long Beach received about 6/10ths of an inch of rain, Seto said. 

-- Kate Linthicum

Photo: Karen and John Gustafson of Dana Point take a walk on San Clemente pier on Thursday morning as rain contiued to fall throughout the Southland. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times