Rainfall is expected to return to the South Coast this week, with up to a quarter-inch of rain possible late Tuesday and into Thursday.
A 15 to 30 percent chance of light showers is forecast Wednesday, with precipitation possible through Thursday evening, said John Dumas, science officer with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.
“It’s not one of the bigger atmospheric river storms where we see it coming from a mile away,” Mr. Dumas said.
“We’re tracking it coming down from the Pacific Northwest and it looks like your typical winter storm,” he said, adding that moisture from tropical cyclone Raymond could boost rain totals in Southern California.
Higher rain totals are expected in Los Angeles and farther south. Local rain totals are not expected to cause any flash flooding or activity with local burn scars, Mr. Dumas said.
Prior to the rainfall, record-breaking temperatures are possible today and Monday. A high near 88 degrees is forecast today at Santa Barbara Municipal Airport, which would break the record high of 84 set in 2008.
A high of 85 degrees is forecast for Monday, which would tie the record high set in 1949.
“It’s not like it’s going to be 100 degrees or anything, but still very unseasonably warm,” Mr. Dumas said.
As the showers move through the region, temperatures are expected to fall significantly Wednesday’s high is 66 degrees and Thursday’s high is 68, while highs in the low 70s are expected Friday and Saturday, according to the Weather Service.