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Light rain expected by midweek in L.A. area

Light rain expected by midweek in L.A. area
A pedestrian walks in the rain past a mural on South Hewitt Street in the Arts District of Los Angeles in February. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)

Light rain is expected in the Los Angeles area by midweek, forecasters said.

There's a 40% to 50% chance of light showers by Wednesday night, said David Sweet, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Even if it's just a quarter of an inch, "every bit helps," he said.

Angelenos will experience mostly sunny weather through Tuesday, with highs in the mid-60s through mid-70s.

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But temperatures could drop slightly by Wednesday as a low-pressure system rolls through Los Angeles, bringing with it at least a sprinkle of rain, said Bill Patzert, a climatologist for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Canada Flintridge. 

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"There will be just enough so we can play bumper tag on the freeway, moving around the dust on our car," Patzert said. But our rainy season, which runs from December through March, "is pretty much done," he said.

Residents need to wait until next fall or early winter for "any amount of drought relief," Patzert says.

The rain should clear by Thursday, with the sun peeking through the clouds Friday and through the weekend.

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