Sunday’s smattering of rain across several counties was little more than a tease for anyone hoping for relief from Southern California’s drought – and the forecast isn’t very promising.
“We’re getting a few light sprinkles up this way, but it will only amount to a few hundredths” of an inch, said David Sweet, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Oxnard.
Rain, or at least traces of it, fell in Santa Barbara, the San Fernando Valley, Malibu, the South Bay and Los Angeles International Airport, Sweet said.
The next chance of significant precipitation will arrive Thursday night into Friday, Sweet said. But it will probably amount to only about a quarter of an inch, not enough to provide much long-term relief.
“The three-month forecast is for dry conditions,” Sweet said.
Though rainfall this winter has been scant, temperatures have been well above normal for 80% of the last four weeks, Sweet said. The forecast for Los Angeles calls for a warming trend Monday through Wednesday, when high temperatures will again reach about 80.
The showers late in the week should also bring a cooling trend, Sweet said.