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Hot N Cold: Thunderstorms, Flash Floods Possible Today

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A storm in the La Crescenta area (Photo by intuned_gato via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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Some parts of Los Angeles County may be faced with the need to batten down the hatches today, as the possibility of thunderstorms, gusty winds, and flash floods looms over the region.

The National Weather Service is cautioning that Monday afternoon and evening come with the chance of thunderstorms in the Antelope Valley and the mountains of L.A. County, as well as a slight chance of those storms unleashing in the L.A. County valleys, as well. These storms could produce brief periods of heavy rain and gusty winds, says the NWS.

But big rain isn't all there is to be worried about. There's the chance that lightning strikes in areas that don't get heavy rain could spark fires, and there's the possibility of flash flooding and debris flow, as well as rock and mud slides in the foothills. A flash flood watch will be in effect in the Antelope Valley mountains of both Los Angeles and Ventura counties from noon through this evening.

We're due for cooler temps Tuesday and Wednesday, but, alas, the respite will be brief: It's going to get really hot again Thursday through at least Saturday.

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This hot n cold (and cold n hot) weather naturally led to a Katy Perry earworm moment, so while you take a few minutes to remember where you put your raincoat and if you left the top down on the convertible, you can entertain yourself with this silly video diversion. Bonus points if you can identify what L.A. neighborhood bridal Katy is running around in at the beginning.