After heat wave, rain on the way to Southern California

LA Times on why rain is good news for drought stricken California.

After enduring nearly a week of extreme heat, Southern California is now expecting rain beginning Sunday.

According to the National Weather Service, a storm could produce more than an inch of rain in some mountain areas, less in the L.A. basin.

Mudflows in burn areas and flooding in low-lying areas are possible. There’s a 20% chance of showers in some areas Saturday, including Santa Barbara.

Friday saw more sweltering temperatures, including a few spots that set records for the day.

The heat has been particularly stubborn at night. Because of warm ocean temperatures and high humidity, it barely cooled off overnight, and shade and wind can’t help those without air conditioning, the National Weather Service said.

The heat wave brought power outages and other problems this week.

In Agua Dulce, a mudslide was reported after an intense downpour. Some beaches were closed in Orange County when lightning was seen in the area. A man and woman in Santa Ana had to be rescued from a flood control channel after water swiftly rose, authorities said.

Lightning strikes sparked fires in Saugus, Valencia, Castaic and Canyon Country.

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