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Continued Chance Of Isolated Showers And Thunderstorms Will Do Nothing To Break The Heat

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Los Angeles could see isolated showers and thunderstorms Thursday amid an ongoing heat wave that has brought record-breaking temperatures and recurring power outages to the Southland. Unfortunately for sweaty Angelenos, the potential rain is not likely to do much to lower temperatures, according to the National Weather Service.

"We're seeing temperatures [Thursday] warmer over yesterday, despite the showers we had yesterday," Todd Hall, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, told LAist.

According to Hall, there will be a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms through the morning across the L.A. area. The potential for storms will "retreat to the foothills, deserts, and mountains" in the afternoon, before the chance of rain returns back over the L.A. basin overnight and into tomorrow morning.

"It's a low-confidence pattern," Hall said, speaking of the current precipitation forecasts but also potentially addressing my dating life and certainty (or lack thereof) about the existence of God.

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"We don't have high confidence where we're going to see the exact thunderstorms, but the potential is there," Hall explained when asked for further clarification about what, exactly, a low-confidence pattern meant in this context (we did not address the spectrum of theistic probability or my romantic life during our call). "We have the moisture there and we have the instability. But we don't know where it will happen," he continued.

We do, however, know where the day's hottest temperatures are likely to strike. Perpetual hotspot Woodland Hills has a forecasted high of 112 degrees, which would break the current daily record for the de facto Dante's inferno of the Deep Valley.