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Steady Warm-Up Expected Across SoCal This Week

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Sunday may be wet and chilly, but forecasters predict a steady warm-up this week, with inland highs moving into the 80s by Wednesday.

Light rain fell overnight across most of Southern California and into the morning, with highs expected to top out in the upper 50s Sunday.

But forecasters at the National Weather Service predict sunny skies by Monday afternoon, then steadily rising temperatures through Friday.

Tuesday’s highs are forecast to range from upper 60s at the beaches to the mid 70s inland. By Wednesday, some valley and inland areas should see highs in the 80s.

With last week’s rainfall, Southern California is well ahead of the seasonal norm. In downtown Los Angeles, where about 15 inches falls in an average year, nearly 19 inches has fallen since July 1.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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