Josh Rubenstein’s Weather Forecast (July 12)

STUDIO CITY (CBS) — Who says we don’t get any weather in So. Cal.?

It’s going to be a busy couple of days. The high pressure that has been scorching the Southland is starting to recede slightly to the east. However, it is still going to be a very hot day across the region.

The National Weather Service did cancel the Excessive Heat Warning for the viewing area, so that means the temperatures will drop slightly below that critical level. That doesn’t mean we have nothing to worry about because the monsoonal flow is surging up as predicted. There are some features that will enhance the risk associated with this flow.

First off there is decent instability and there is a disturbance dropping down from the North. These features will give us a chance for thunderstorms Thursday afternoon, overnight and into Friday. It also looks like these storms will not be confined to mountains and deserts, but could affect the metro area.

The lower levels of the atmosphere are pretty dry, so that makes the chance for dry lighting and dangerous wind gusts very likely. A red flag warning was issued for this reason and there is now a flash flood watch for the Apple Valley & Lucerne Valley.

Beaches -low to mid 70s
Basin – low to mid 80s
Valleys – over 100
Deserts – low 100s
Mountains -upper 70s

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