Thunderstorms hit Los Angeles County area as monsoonal moisture moves in – Orange County Register

LOS ANGELES — The National Weather Service is warning of possible thunderstorms and gusty winds in parts of Los Angeles County starting very early Wednesday morning through evening.

Lightning strikes were seen in the early morning hours over the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys.

On its Twitter page, the weather service also warned of an elevated fire danger “through the coming week due to hot conditions with low humidity.”

The agency noted “a risk of dry lightning” and cautioned that “any new fire start will grow quickly!”

Lightning strikes are seen across the early morning skies of the San Fernando Valley as a monsoonal storm moves north on Wednesday, June 22, 2022. (Photo by Gene Blevins/Contributing Photographer)

The forecast called for partly cloudy conditions and a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight Tuesday. Temperatures will range from the upper 50s to mid-60s, with winds topping out around 35 mph in some areas, during the overnight hours.

With monsoonal moisture flowing into Southern California from Santa Barbara County, the storms will be most prevalent over the mountains and deserts on Wednesday, according to the NWS.

The thunderstorms could produce strong gusty winds and brief heavy rainfall. Damaging winds are expected in excess of 60 mph and may be accompanied with penny-size hail.

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