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Flash Floods And Lightning Could Strike SoCal As Rains Return

Lightning in Venice! (Photo by Jonathan Alcorn via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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We may be trading scorching heat for lightning strikes and flash floods this week.

After surviving the sweltering heat of summer's last weekend, a tropical storm heading towards Southern California is expected to bring heavy rain and thunderstorms, reports the L.A. Times. Beginning Monday, the first storm of the fall will likely bring in welcomed cooler temperatures, but increased humidity and potential downpours across L.A. County. The storm is expected to hang around until Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service.

While cooler temps and a bit of rain in the midst of the drought may sound great, the low-pressure storm could also wreak havoc in many areas. Flash flooding—which as we've recently seen can be deadly—could strike the region's deserts, mountains and locations recently scorched by wildfires in L.A. County. Forecasters are also predicting that lightning could hit beaches along the Southern Californian coast and Catalina Island.

Dry and warm weather is expected to return by Wednesday.

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This past weekend's sweltering heat—which melted celebrities on the red carpet at the Emmys—broke previously set records for this time of year. Temperatures peaked high in to the 90s throughout many areas, while Burbank and Woodland Hills endured 104 degrees, and Long Beach tapped out at 100 degrees.