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Another day of heat, humidity for Southern California

July 7, 2011 | 10:01 am

Marvin Santiago tries to let his dog Mamash cool off in a brook above Gwen Moore Lake in Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Park in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Hot, humid weather is expected to remain in Southern California on Thursday, bringing with it a chance of showers, thunderstorms and flash flooding in the mountains of Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

Chances of storms in mountain areas are expected to decrease going into the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Local temperatures Thursday are expected to range from the 70s at the beaches to the mid- and upper 80s inland. The humidity in downtown Los Angeles shortly before 8 a.m. was a sticky 78%.

It should be hotter still in the San Fernando Valley, with temperatures reaching the mid- to upper 90s forecasters said.

Temperatures in Hemet and Palm Springs are expected to reach 101 degrees.

Wednesday's high of 85 degrees in downtown L.A. was two degrees above normal.

Thursday night lows in the Los Angeles area are expected to be in the mid-60s and lower 70s, and the next several days will bring slightly cooler and drier weather, forecasters said.

The forecast is similar for Orange County, with temperatures rising away from the coast.


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Photo: Marvin Santiago tries to let his dog cool off in a brook in Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Park in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times