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Topsy-turvy weather ahead for L.A., Ventura counties

L.A., Ventura counties could get rain from Tropical Storm Blanca

Sure, it's warm Monday, but don't get too used to it. The weather will be mixing things up quite a bit in Los Angeles and Ventura counties this week.

Temperatures are expected to climb into the 90s Monday, and possibly hit 100 degrees inland due to a high-pressure system, according to the National Weather Service.

But the heat will soon be displaced by a low-pressure system developing over the eastern Pacific Ocean and bringing with it cooler temperatures and a chance of rain.

By late Monday and Tuesday, Los Angeles and Ventura counties could receive remnants of Tropical Storm Blanca. Moisture from the storm could bring rain and thunderstorms to the area.

Temperatures also are expected to drop 10 degrees Tuesday, said meteorologist Kathy Hoxsie of the National Weather Service.

What makes this storm different from others is that most of the rain will be concentrated inland, Hoxsie said. Normally these storms dump rain over the mountains.

Forecasters say the storm could drop up to a half inch of rain. But rain totals could be higher in some areas.

The weather service warns that the combination of rain and thunderstorms could cause minor debris flows in areas recently scarred by wildfire.

Some drizzle and thunderstorms could extend into Wednesday. But forecasters say the wet weather will be short-lived and dry conditions will return Thursday.

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